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: