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Social Insurance Numbers for International Employees

August 17, 2015

New international graduate students who will be teaching assistants (TAs), research assistants (RAs) or hold any other employment contract must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to get paid.

To get your SIN, apply in person at a Service Canada office. Offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (hours vary slightly, check their website for details and holiday closures).

The step-by-step application instructions (pdf) are available from International Services for Students.  If everything is in order, you will get your SIN during your visit. (no card, just a number).

What to Bring

  • Original valid Study Permit (must include the notation“may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada) or
    OR a valid Work Permit (if applicable)
  • There is no cost for first-time applicants

The closest Service Canada offices for each campus:

If you're taking public transportation, see the Translink Trip Planner to help you plan the best route.

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