How to get a SIN

Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for Your Child


To benefit from government grants like the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) or the Canada Learning Bond (CLB), the Government of Canada requires that you register your child's RESP with a Social Insurance Number (SIN). If your child doesn’t yet have one, it’s best to apply before or as soon as you open your RESP.  You only have 18 months to apply for the SIN from the day the plan is opened.

To get a SIN, you can:

  • Apply Online
  • Download the SIN Application and return the completed application, along with required documents (originals only; photocopies are not accepted) by mail or in person to any Service Canada Centre.

Tax Benefits of an RESP 

Registering your education savings plan will allow you to collect government grants.  Plus the income earned on your RESP contributions and grants will remain tax-free while in the plan.

Forms & Resources

  • Social Insurance Number Application

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  • Canada Education Savings Grant and Canada Learning Bond

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  • Application for British Columbia Training and Education Savings Grant

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