Social Insurance Number
In compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations, students paying tuition at a Canadian university are required to have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN) and to provide that number to the university to include on their tax forms (T2202 and T4A).
What is a Social Insurance Number and how do you obtain one?
- The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9-digit number that you need to work and be paid in Canada and to access government programs and benefits. The SIN allows you to files taxes in Canada.
- To apply on line or by mail, see Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
What is an ITN and how do you obtain one?
- If you are not eligible for a SIN you need to get an ITN.
- The Individual Tax Number (ITN) is a 9-digit number that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issues to non-resident individuals who are not eligible to obtain a Social Insurance number to identify you for tax purposes.
- Please visit T1261 Application for a Canada Revenue Agency Individual Tax Number (ITN) for Non-Residents for more information or contact an International Student Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about your eligibility for an ITN number.
After you have obtained a Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN), please update your student information, as follows:
- Log in to goSFU
- Under Personal Information, select SIN/SSN
- Enter your SIN number and click Submit