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Getting a social insurance number (SIN)


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The social insurance number (SIN) is a nine-digit identification number required for working in Canada and receiving wages, whether on or off campus.

There are different ways to apply for a SIN:

  • Appy in person at a Service Canada office: You first have to make an appointment using the service request form. You will get a response within 48 hours. You will get your SIN the same day as your appointment.
  • Apply online: You will receive your SIN within 20 business days.

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Study permit
  • Proof of residence, such as your lease or your proof of enrolment (available on monPortail; make sure you have updated your address in Capsule before ordering).

You must have one of the following conditions printed on your study permit to apply for a SIN for on- or off-campus work:

  • “May work 20 hours per week off campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in paragraph 186(v) of the IRPR.”
  • “May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria, per paragraph R186(f), (v) or (w) and must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria.”

If none of these conditions appear on your study permit and should, you must:

  • apply to amend your study permit (PDF) (This application is free of charge.)
  • provide proof of enrolment for the current semester as well as the offer of admission you used for your initial study permit application, when you apply to amend your study permit

You will be able to apply for a SIN when you have a study permit that contains these remarks.

If your situation has changed since you arrived in Canada and you are now allowed to work, you must apply to change the conditions of your study permit ($150).

For more information, see the Social Insurance Number section of the Service Canada website.

Your SIN will have to be extended each time you renew your study permit or work permit.

Service Canada

Service Canada offices – contact details

To find out if your local Service Canada Centre is open, please check online.

3229, chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois
Québec City (Sainte-Foy district)

Bus route from Alphonse-Desjardins building (Université Laval): Take bus 800 or 801 towards Marly (west) and get off at Duchesneau.

Du Littoral Complex, Suite 101
2500, boulevard Montmorency

Québec City (La Cité-Limoilou district)

Bus route from Alphonse-Desjardins building (Université Laval): Take bus 800 towards Beauport, get off at the Canardière/Mailloux intersection, and walk to the Courtemanche/Sainte-Anne intersection (5 to 8 minutes).

The Immigration section of this website is intended to provide general information on current procedures, which may change at any time without notice. The laws and regulations in force in Québec and Canada, as well as the websites of Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration [Québec’s ministry of immigration, francisation, and integration] (MIFI) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), take precedence over this page.

Last updated on: 2021-08-18