Social Insurance Number - SIN
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
Last Verified: 2008-12-17
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.
If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada or a temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.
This number is used for deductions on payroll such as Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan/Quebec Pension Plan, income tax, etc.
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is delivered by Service Canada.
Your employees’ Social Insurance Number (SIN) is confidential and should only be used for income-related information. As an employer, you play a leading role in protecting your employees’ personal information and preventing fraudulent activities.
In Canada, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) sets out ground rules about how private sector organizations may collect, use or disclose personal information.
As an employer, you must:
Ask to see the SIN card of new employees within three days of when they start their job;
You must verify and record the employee's name and number exactly as they appear on the SIN card. You must also record the expiry date of all SINs beginning with a “9”. Every person working in Canada must have a SIN;
If a new employee does not have a SIN and is eligible to work in Canada, ask that person to apply for a SIN at one of the Service Canada Centres. If the new employee's application and identity documents are in order, he or she will receive a SIN at the time of the visit, and will be able to give you written confirmation;
If you would like to confirm the SIN of a current or former employee, please contact Service Canada's Social Insurance Registration office at 1-800-206-7218 (select option “3”). If calling from outside Canada, dial 506-548-7961 (long-distance charges apply). You will need to provide your business number (issued by the Canada Revenue Agency) along with information to verify the identity of your company and your employee's identity.
Note: The SIN number is used to administer government benefits under the Income Tax Act, the Canada Pension Plan Act, and the Employment Insurance Act.
Service Canada Centres
For a complete list of all Service Canada Centres, please visit the Web site or check the government listings in your telephone directory.
Web site: http://www1.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/gateways/where_you_live/regions/mb.shtml
Service Canada Centres
Toll-free (information): 1-800-277-9914
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