The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Canadian government programs. As an international student you will need to obtain a SIN in order to work in Canada.

Obtaining a SIN Number

What to bring: 

  • Your study permit
  • Passport
  • Certificate of enrollment (from Carleton Central under ‘Online Applications’)

1. You can apply for a SIN online

2. You can apply for a SIN at a Service Canada centre:


  1. Government Service Centre – 110 Laurier Ave. W
  2. Ottawa East Service Canada Centre – Beacon Hill Shopping Centre – 2339 Ogilvie Rd.
  3. Ottawa West Service Canada Centre – 885 Meadowlands Dr. East, Suite 105

Phone:     1 -800-206-7218

More information can be found on the Government of Canada website.