InfoCapsule: Why the Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required

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4. Why the Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required

The subscriber and the beneficiary require a valid SIN to:

  • register an Education Savings Plan (ESP) with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • request the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG), the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) and the provincial education savings incentives administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

The individual primary caregiver (PCG), their cohabiting spouse or common-law partner requires a valid SIN to request:

  • the additional amount of Canada Education Savings Grant (Additional CESG)
  • the CLB

Legislation requires that the beneficiary’s SIN be provided for:

  • the administration and payment of education savings incentives
  • maintaining accurate records for each beneficiary
  • validation of the following 5 beneficiary fields with the Social Insurance Registry (SIR):
    • first name
    • last name
    • date of birth
    • sex
    • SIN

How to obtain a SIN or a SIN confirmation letter:

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