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There has been a lot of questions and mis-information on how to properly submit the online SIN application with the recent launch of online SIN application by government of Canada. This site is created to help answer general questions on Canadian Social Insurance Number application. SINCanada.ca is an independent blogsite that is not affiliated with the government.


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How to cancel SIN due to death

How to report a death to Service Canada to disactivate the SIN When someone passes away in a Canadian province, the provincial vital statistics agency automatically notifies the SIN Program, therefore you do not have to do so. If the death occurs in a territory or outside Canada, you must inform the SIN Program. To report a death, make sure to provide the deceased’s SIN and proof of death. This may include a statement of death from the funeral director or a copy of the death certificate. You may submit the documents by mail or in person to a Service Canada Centre. Informing the SIN Program ...
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Proof of address for Social Insurance Number SIN application

A proof of address is a document that confirms the address indicated in the online SIN application. The Confirmation of SIN paper will be mailed to this address. The proof of address must respect the following criteria (redact any personal information not referenced below): It must be issued by one of the following: a government, a company, an institution, an organization, a landlord or an employer and be: a document; or an attestation letter signed by the issuer It must contain the name (family name and given name) that appears on the applicant’s primary, secondary or supporting document If applying on behalf of ...
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How long does it take to process a SIN number?

In Person Right away at local Service Canada centre. Adults over the age of majority must present themselves with appropriate Primary Documents (e.g. Canadian birth certification, IRCC immigration document, etc) and supporting documents. If you are applying your SIN in person at a local Service Canada centre, you will receive your Social Insurance Number right away upon completion of the interview with the Service Canada centre agent. In a situation where your documents can not be validated locally, your application request will be sent manually to SIN head office for processing. This process will take up to 30 days (plus mailing time) ...
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How to replace my Social Insurance Number (SIN) card?

Service Canada SIN office no longer issues SIN card since 2014. Since then, a paper format was issue to replace the card version. This paper format is called the Confirmation of SIN paper and does not have any security features on the print. This letter was only printed from Service Canada office to confirm that your SIN belongs to the named person on the letter. Do keep in mind that what's important is the numbers, not the card or the paper. Therefore, do not share your SIN lightly to anyone or institution that legally requires to use it. The Confirmation of ...
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Social Insurance Office contact number

To contact Service Canada Social Insurance office for your SIN application inquiry, please call: in Canada 1-866-274-6627 TTY: 1-800-926-9105 outside Canada 1-506-548-7961 NOTE* The agent at the local Service Canada centre are able to issue SIN as general agent. In a situation where your SIN application or request requires further attention from SIN head office, your file will be referred directly to SIN head office. Under this circumstances, the local Service Canada will no longer hold your file. You must contact SIN head office for any further request. By Mail Service Canada Social Insurance Registration Office PO Box 7000 Bathurst NB  E2A 4T1 Canada For more information on how to protect ...
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How to protect your Social Insurance Number

How to protect your SIN Your SIN (social insurance number) is confidential and it’s important to protect it from fraudulent use. If your SIN falls into the wrong hands, it could be used to obtain personal information and invade your privacy. When the SIN is not linked to you as its rightful owner, another person could receive your government benefits, tax refunds or bank credits. Your personal information could also be revealed to unauthorized people, which could lead to identity theft and other types of fraud. Your SIN being used to commit fraud could ruin your credit rating and make it very hard to ...
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Social Insurance Number Eligibility

Quick Facts The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.  A SIN is issued to one person only and it cannot legally be used by anyone else. You are responsible for protecting your SIN. Store any document containing your SIN and personal information in a safe place—do not keep your SIN with you.  Service Canada is now issuing SINs in paper format (confirmation of SIN letter). Production of the plastic SIN card has stopped, however, SIN cards that are not expired and ...
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SIN Paper Application Form (NAS2021)

If you are applying online or in-person at a Service Canada Centre, you do not need to complete this application form. Download Social Insurance Number paper application form, Click here. ...
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SIN Online Application Overview —

  What you need before you apply To apply online you will need to upload copies of at least 3 different documents: a valid primary document that proves your identity and legal status in Canada, and a valid secondary document to confirm your identity, and a proof of address If the name indicated on your primary or secondary document is different than the name you are currently using, you must also provide supporting documents. If you are applying for someone else, you will need to provide additional documents. For children over the age of 12 but under the age of majority that are applying for themselves the same requirements apply. If the child cannot provide the 3 ...
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