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SIN Collection for Government Reporting

IMPORTANT information needed for new Federal Government requirement

To adhere to a new federal requirement introduced in 2018 for all designated educational institutions in Canada, NSCC must now collect all student Social Insurance Numbers for Government Reporting.

NSCC has enabled collection of the information online to ensure the privacy of the personal identification information is maintained.

It is important to note that NSCC is collecting the Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) of its students for the purposes of the  Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Nova Scotia Departments of Labour and Advanced Education and Education and Early Childhood Development, as well as the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.

We will protect the privacy of each individual's SIN by ensuring there is one direct electronic pathway for students to share that information.

Please visit MyNSCC and add your SIN to your campus personal information.

FAQ's

(School of Access students please contact your Academic Chair if you have any questions)

What is a SIN (number)?

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that is needed to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. You also need a SIN to file Canadian taxes.

Why should I provide my SIN number to NSCC?

NSCC will collect the Students’ SIN numbers for CRA (Canada Revenue Agency), LAE (Labor and Advanced Education), NS Office of Immigrations and the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development requirements. The 2018 Federal Budget also imposed a requirement on all the designated educational institutes in Canada to report Students’ SIN numbers on their T2202 (See: 2018 Federal Budget Changes Important update for all Designated Educational Institutions)

How can I provide this information?

For All Credit and Non-Credit students

To login, students can visit https://www.nscc.ca/mynscc/index.asp and click Student & Applicant Login.

Sin Collection

Students will need their Student ID (a 'W' followed by 7 numbers W0000000) to login. They can find their Student ID on all college correspondences to them. 

Student Login

Once logged in, they must click on My Profile to access or update their information. 

My Profile

Click Social Insurance Number link to access the SIN number page.

Select social insurance number

They can verify or enter their 9-digit Social Insurance Number and click save.

Save your changes

What if I forgot my password?

All Credit Students

Please Click Forgot Password on login page and follow the onscreen instructions.

All Non-Credit Students

Please visit or call the Technology Service Desk at 1-866-898-4357 if you have any questions about resetting or recovering your NSCC password.

All Past Students

As per the Government requirement, your information will remain on NSCC records for up to 7 + 1 calendar years following the tax year you provided this information. This means you will be able to access your information during that period via MyNSCC.

Please visit or call the Technology Service Desk at 1-866-898-4357 if you have any questions about resetting or recovering your NSCC password once you are no longer a student.

Can I send my SIN via email?

No, E-mail communications are not secure so please do not send your SIN number via email.

What if I already provided my SIN before?

If you provided your SIN as a student, it was collected for a specific purpose and was destroyed immediately after. Please follow the links above and provide your SIN number.

If you provided your SIN as an employee, it is on your HR file in a different database. The SIN's collected from employees by HR are required by CRA as a condition of employment. The SIN's we are collecting now as required by CRA as related to being a student and not as an employee. We cannot use the SIN collected by HR for student use. Please follow the links above and provide your SIN.

Please also see SIN Code of Practice for details.

What happens if I refuse to submit my SIN?

Your SIN is confidential. You should provide your SIN only when it is legally required. NSCC is now legally required to request the Social Insurance Numbers of students for Canada Revenue Agency purposes in response to a change introduced in 2018 for all designated educational institutions in Canada. Government may impose a penalty on the tax payers failing to provide their SIN when they are legally supposed to. You can find information regarding potential penalty arising from non-compliance at Social Insurance Number guidelines

Where can I obtain more information on this proposed change?

CRA provides the latest information on the proposed changes on Canada.ca. Taxpayers should check online regularly for updated forms, policies, guidelines, questions and answers and guidance. In the meantime, please consult the Department of Finance Canada’s Budget 2018 documents for details.

How will NSCC ensure the security of personal information?

NSCC will restrict access to the SIN stored in our ERP system to only those who require access to perform their job duties. The collection use and disclosure of student information is protected by College policies and government legislation. Our privacy policy arises from the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, legislation, and fair information practices (https://oipc.novascotia.ca/).

Who will be able to see it?

As mentioned above, NSCC will restrict access to the SIN stored in our ERP system to only those who require access to perform their job duties in relation to CRA, LAE, NS Office of Immigrations and the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development reporting.

For how long will my information be on records?

As per the Government requirement, your information will remain on NSCC records for up to 7 + 1 calendar years following the tax year you provided this information and will be disposed-off after that.