Newborn Registration Service - Frequently Asked Questions

Social Insurance Number


  1. What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
  2. Why should I use this service to apply for my child`s SIN?
  3. Who is eligible to apply for a SIN using this service?
  4. How can I apply for a SIN using this service?
  5. Are there fees associated with a first-time SIN?
  6. How long will it take to receive my child's SIN?
  7. How can I check the status of my child`s SIN application?
  8. Who do I contact regarding the SIN ordered using the Newborn Registration Service?
  9. How is my child`s SIN information sent to Service Canada (Government of Canada)?
  10. What information is sent to Service Canada (Government of Canada)?
  11. If I have already registered my child`s birth, can I use this service to apply for a SIN?
  12. If the child is over one year of age, can I use this service to apply for a SIN?
  13. Will my personal information be protected?

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  1. What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?
  2. A SIN is a nine-digit number used in the administration of various Government of Canada programs. A SIN is required to work in Canada or to access various Government of Canada programs and benefits.


  3. Why should I use this service to apply for my child`s SIN?
  4. Applying for a SIN is optional. This online application is quick and easy and saves you from having to apply at a later date.

    While applying for your child's SIN is optional, it is required to access various Government of Canada programs and benefits such as Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) and Canada Learning Bond. Also, in the future, your child will need a SIN when applying for a job and paying income tax.


  5. Who is eligible to apply for a SIN using this service?
  6. Only the parents of the child being registered can use this service to apply for a SIN. If you are not the child's parent, you may still be eligible to apply for the child's SIN, but will need to apply directly through the Service Canada website. To be eligible, you must also be a Canada citizen or permanent resident and have a Canadian address. If you are not a Canada citizen or a permanent resident or do not have a Canadian address, you may still be eligible to apply for your child's SIN but will need to apply directly through the Service Canada website.


  7. How can I apply for a SIN using this service?
  8. To apply for a SIN using this service, select Option 1 or Option 2 (Social Insurance Number) and complete the application that is provided.


  9. What is the fee for a first-time SIN?
  10. There are no fees associated with a first-time SIN application.


  11. How long will it take to receive my child`s SIN?
  12. Using the Newborn Registration Service to apply online means you`ll get the SIN several weeks faster than if you applied by paper. Once your child is registered with the Province of Ontario, the information required to apply for a SIN will be sent to Service Canada and the SIN will be mailed within five business days.


  13. How can I check the status of my child`s SIN application?
  14. You can check the status of your child's SIN application online by visiting the Service Canada website. Alternatively, you can contact Service Canada at 1-800-206-7218 (select Option 3) or by mail at Social Insurance Registration, P.O Box 7000, Bathurst, New Brunswick, E2A 4T1.


  15. Who do I contact regarding the SIN ordered using the Newborn Registration Service?
  16. You can contact Service Canada by visiting the Service Canada website, by telephone at 1-800-206-7218 (select Option 3) or by mail at Social Insurance Registration, P.O Box 7000, Bathurst, New Brunswick, E2A 4T1.


  17. How is my child`s SIN application sent to Service Canada (Government of Canada)?
  18. The application will be sent electronically to Service Canada once the birth has been registered with the Province of Ontario.


  19. What information is sent to Service Canada (Government of Canada)?
  20. The following information is sent to Service Canada (Government of Canada) once the birth has been registered with the Province of Ontario:

    • Child's first name, last name, date of birth, gender, type of birth (single, twin, etc.,), and place of birth;
    • Birth mother's first name and maiden name/last name at time of birth;
    • Father's/other parent's first name and last name, and;
    • Applicant's mailing address and contact telephone number
  21. If I have already registered my child`s birth, can I use this service to apply for a SIN?

    No. You cannot apply for a SIN using this service if the child`s birth has already been registered. You will have to apply for a SIN using the Service Canada website.


  22. If the child is over one year of age, can I use this service to apply for a SIN?
  23. If the child is over one year of age, you cannot use this service to apply for a SIN. For more information about how to apply, visit the Service Canada website.


  24. Will my personal information be protected?
  25. Protecting the privacy of personal information is a key priority. Both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada adhere to provincial and federal privacy acts. The information is sent electronically using security measures that protect your personal information.