The Social Insurance Number(SIN) was introduced in Canada as a form of identification and to register people with Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.  The Social Insurance Number is a nine-digit number used in the administration of the above government programs. It is issued to one person only and it cannot be legally used by anyone else.  You will require a SIN to work in Canada or to receive government benefit and services.

Documentation Required

You will need to provide a primary and supporting document to apply for a Social Insurance Number.  To determine which documents will be accepted based on your status in Canada, please visit Primary Documents.

Applying by Mail (From Outside Canada)

If you are currently outside of Canada, you may apply for your SIN by following these steps:

  • Download an application form from the website, or order the form by phone at 1‑800‑206‑7218. Select Option “3”.

  • Send your completed application, and original documents(Photocopies are not accepted) to:

Service Canada
Social Insurance Registration Office
PO Box 7000
Bathurst, NB E2A4T1 CANADA

If you send your application by registered mail, your documents and confirmation of SIN letter will be returned in the same way. Service Canada is not responsible for documents lost in the mail. If your SIN application meets the requirements, you will receive your confirmation of SIN letter by mail within 20 business days from the date your application is received.

Applying by Mail (Within Canada)

Individuals in Canada will be permitted to apply by mail in these circumstances ONLY:

  • Individuals living 100 km or more from the nearest Service Canada point of service, in an inaccessible area, or where outreach is very infrequent may apply by mail. To confirm your eligibility to apply by mail, you must verify your postal code.

  • Individuals with other extenuating limitations preventing them from visiting a Service Canada point of service and cannot use the assistance of another individual to submit an application on their behalf may be eligible to apply by mail. Note: Individuals must contact 1-800-206-7218 (select Option #3) to determine if they are eligible to apply by mail.

Applying at a Service Canada Centre

Service Canada has made it easy for you to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) – Simply gather the documents you need and take them to your nearest Service Canada Centre. If your application and documents are in order, you will get your confirmation of SIN letter during your visit.

To contact the SIN Program call 1-800-206-7218 (within Canada), Select Option “3”, agents are available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Contact Information

You can contact Service Canada:


1-800-206-7218, option #3 (within Canada) — Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm local time

506-548-7961(outside Canada, long distance charges apply)                                Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:30pm Atlantic Time

In Person:           Find a Service Canada Centre Near You on the website, or call 1-800-206-7218 or 1-800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232).

**Please Note:  The Government of Canada has introduced new security procedures for issuing Social Insurance Numbers.  Random applications (1 out of 100) will be chosen by their computer system.  Those applications must be submitted manually into their system which may delay the processing of the SIN application by up to 6 weeks.  If your application is chosen for this security screening, you will be provided detailed information on how to proceed. **



The government-run health plan in Ontario is called the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).  A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that he or she is entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP.  The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services; however, it does not pay for services that are not medically necessary such as cosmetic surgery.


For specific requirements in determining your eligibility for Ontario health insurance coverage, contact Service Ontario at 1-800-267-8097 or 416-326-1234.  Telephone service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm; or visit  OHIP Eligibility


Ontario Health Insurance covers most hospital stays and visits to doctors.  For more detailed coverage information, please call Service Ontario  at 1-800-267-8097 or 416-326-1234. Telephone service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm or visit the website at: What’s covered by OHIP?


All babies, children and youth aged 24 and under who have OHIP coverage are covered by OHIP+.  Enrollment in OHIP+ is automatic and eligible medications are covered at no cost.  OHIP+ coverage stops on the patient’s 25th birthday.

Effective April 1, 2019 children who are covered by a private plan will no longer be eligible for OHIP+ and will access prescribed medicines through their private plan.

The Ontario Health Premium

The Ontario Health Premium is based on taxable income for a taxation year. Taxable income is income after allowable deductions, such as childcare expenses, RRSP and pension contributions, union dues and non-taxable government benefits (e.g. Guaranteed Income Supplement, Ontario Disability Support Program, social assistance, workers’ compensation).  Ontario is the only province with a health premium based on income.

Individuals with taxable income of $20,000 or less pay nothing. This means 43 per cent of all Ontario tax filers and 48 per cent of Ontario senior tax filers pay no premium at all.  The full-year premium ranges from $60 to $900 per year for people with taxable income of $21,000 or more.  Just as an example individuals with a taxable income from$48,600 to $72,000 will pay a $600 Ontario Health Premium for the tax year.

Procedure for Application

You must apply in person for health insurance.  A card with your photo on it will be sent to your home by the time eligibility for you and your family begins.

Documents Required (Originals Only)

You must bring three original documents to prove your OHIP-eligible citizenship/immigration status, residency in Ontario, and your identity.  If you do not have any of the following documents you will need to contact Service Ontario at 1-800-267-8097 or 416-326-1234 to determine what other documents are acceptable.  Or, a more detailed list of all acceptable documents may be found on the Service Ontario website by clicking on the following link Ontario Health Coverage Document List.

You must provide an original of all 3 types of documents.  Please note that you cannot use the same document twice.  For example, if you use your driver’s licence for section 2, you cannot use it again for section 3.

Waiting Period

There is a three-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage.  It affects new applicants for coverage and former residents returning to Canada after living in other countries for long periods.

The waiting period begins on the date you establish or re-establish residency in Ontario.  Your coverage begins when the waiting period ends – after 3 calendar months.

You may apply for OHIP as soon as you have a permanent residence in Ontario.  Your health card will be mailed to you when eligibility begins.  You will need to renew your card before the expiry date.

If you are moving to Ontario from another part of Canada, your former province’s health insurance will cover you for up to 3 months.

If you have any questions regarding Ontario Health Insurance, you may call Service Ontario INFO line at 1-800-267-8097 or in Toronto, call 416-326-1234

210 - 2285 Av Francis-Hughes, Laval, QC, H7S 1N5, Canada

Toll free: 1 877 777-0790

Phone: 514-382-0790

Fax: 450-667-5289

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