International students hoping to work during their studies in Canada require a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Canadian government programs.

Service Canada is offering live online information sessions on the SIN to international students attending a college or university in Canada. These virtual sessions will provide you with information about how to apply for a SIN online and the importance of protecting your SIN. Join from anywhere!  These sessions are delivered via WebEx technology. Take a look at the full list of events and register for one that is most convenient to you. For general information about Service Canada, please visit or call 1 800 O-Canada.