What is a Social Insurance Number?
A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9-digit number that you need to work in Canada, to file taxes, or to have access to government programs and benefits. You should apply for a SIN if you plan to work in Canada. Be sure you understand the eligibility requirements to work on campus and off campus.
How do I get it?
You can apply for a SIN in person at a Service Canada Office.
Bring your original birth certificate or other primary document to Service Canada when you apply.
Take one of the following documents when you apply:
- a study permit that states you “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada, OR
- a study permit and a “confirmation to work off campus” letter issued by CIC prior to February 6, 2015, OR
- a work permit (e.g. co-op, post-graduation, or spouse/partner work permit)
If you are eligible to work in Canada as a student but your study permit does not state “may accept employment” or “may work,” you must (1) get a corrected study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, then (2) take your new study permit in person to a Service Canada office. To get a corrected study permit, do one of the following:
- If your study permit states "This permit does not permit the holder to engage in off campus employment in Canada" but you have changed your program of study, change the conditions of your study permit ($150 fee). Check the processing time here.
- Otherwise, amend your study permit (free). Read the document checklist carefully and include all necessary documents, including an up-to-date enrolment letter. We suggest you mail the application to Ottawa using a secure mailing method, such as Canada Post Xpresspost. Check the processing time here.
Where do I get it?
The closest Service Canada Centre to UBC is the West Broadway Centre. You can also search for a location near you.
- 1263 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
- Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday
- Take the 99 B-Line bus, get off at Granville Street, and walk 3 blocks east