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Re-Activate My Social Insurance Number (SIN)-How? 

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Posted On: 5/26/2016
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I'm trying to establish a My Service Canada Account, but need a Personal Access Code to do it.

And I have been told that I can't get that code or establish the account until my Social Insurance Number has been reactivated.

How can I do this?

Where can I get the forms to fill out to get it done?

Many thanks.
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Posted On: 5/30/2016
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

From the information we have previously received from Service Canada - (Social Insurance Number line)

According to a Service Canada Representative, it may be that case that your SIN has a "dormant" flag in your file. In these cases, you can still use your SIN number however, you cannot use it for the online services.

They stated that SIN numbers may be flagged as dormant when there is no activity recorded with the number for more than 5 years.

In order to re-activate it, they suggested that you go into the nearest Service Canada office and complete a questionnaire from the SIN Registry that they will provide.

You will be asked to present some identification such as a Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card/Certificate, PR Card etc.

You may want to also contact Service Canada - (Social Insurance Number line) directly to verify this information and for some information on this your situation.

It is important that you contact Service Canada directly for instructions on how to re-activate your dormant SIN at:

1-800-206-7218 (select option "3").

  • Agents are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (local time), except statutory holidays.
  • If you are calling from outside Canada, the number is 506-548-7961 (long distance charges apply), from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Atlantic time).
  • If you have a hearing or speech impairment and use a teletypewriter (TTY), please call 1-800-926-9105.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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snowman
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Posted On: 2/27/2018
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Hi, thanks for sharing the information

I myself has had my SIN number Dormant. I don't agree with this process and like to appeal or put out a law suit. Do I have any recourse to their decision to dormant my SIN number. Are they not violating Constitutional laws/Common Laws/Charter of Rights?

Thank you
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Barron
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Posted On: 2/28/2018
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Snowman, I haven't been able to find any instances of anyone trying to put out a lawsuit for this. That doesn't mean you theoretically couldn't, but I'm not sure if the grounds would exist. You can get it reactivated though! If that's not enough, I obviously can't give you any kind of legal advice but you could always try to approach a lawyer and see what you can do about it.
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RamdassB
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Posted On: 4/11/2018
RamdassB
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My Sin # was flagged as dormant. However,I was advised to submit an application. This was done and submitted since February 21st.receipt acknowledged and still waiting. Pls advise need to apply for my pension.
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Posted On: 5/1/2018
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

You may want to try and contact Service Canada - (Social Insurance Number line) directly to to see if there are any updates.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
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snowman
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Posted On: 2/16/2019
snowman
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Barron wrote:
Snowman, I haven't been able to find any instances of anyone trying to put out a lawsuit for this. That doesn't mean you theoretically couldn't, but I'm not sure if the grounds would exist. You can get it reactivated though! If that's not enough, I obviously can't give you any kind of legal advice but you could always try to approach a lawyer and see what you can do about it.



Thanks, I can't believe I am not alone, it is amazing how many people's accounts are dormant!
http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_oag_200702_06_e_17472.html

The important sections for you are: 6.60, 6.61, 6.62

6.60 The Department also marks SINs with extended inactivity as dormant. A SIN may be inactive for a variety of reasons including emigration, an unrecorded death, an unused multiple SIN, or a fictitious identity not in use. The dormant flag identifies the SIN as being at higher risk of fraud if it is subsequently used to access benefits.
6.61 Of the 2.9 million excess usable SINs in June 2006, 2.1 million were flagged as dormant. The Department excludes dormant SINs from the total number of usable SINs when reporting on the excess. Accordingly, as of June 2006, its estimate of the excess usable SINs is around 800,000. As we observed in our audit work and as the Department's own studies have noted, the dormant flag does not automatically render a SIN unusable; rather, it is an indication of risk associated with inactivity.
6.62 An excess in the number of usable SINs in the Register indicates a risk to data quality. Continued analysis and monitoring of the number of usable SINs in the Register compared to Canadian population estimates is therefore necessary. The Department has not adequately assessed the risks posed by the excess number of usable SINs, including those marked dormant and those that are not, since 2004.

I wonder how they define, "2.9 Million excess usable SINs"?
I wonder how they define, "excess usable SINs is around 800,000"?

Do they really have a good excuse "risk associated with inactivity"?
Are they just keeping people from benefits?
Are these people actually undormanting their SINs?


I decided to open this group on facebook anyone is welcome to join:
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