This is a Government of Canada individual identification and you will need it to work. You will need to provide one of the following:
- Canada Immigration Record and Visa or Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
- Visitor Record, Employment Authorization or Minister’s Permit Extension (IMM 1442 or equivalent)
- Refugee Status Claim (IMM 1434)
Expect to wait 3 to 4 weeks to get your card if you send an application away.
Keep a copy of the application if you are looking for work.
A SIN can also be issued at the Employment Resource Centre in Russell on Wednesday’s. You will get your SIN faster if applying this way then if applying by mail. Phone 773-3353 for more information.
All adults in your family should apply for a SIN. It should NOT be used as an ID card.
Download your SIN application form or you can get a SIN immediately every Wednesday at the Regional Employment Resource Centre. Call 773-3353 for details.
This card is needed for the free basic health services provided to all permanent residents of Canada.
Some costs are not covered such as: dental care, eyeglasses, medications (unless you are in the hospital) and ambulance fees.
Extra coverage is available – see Blue Cross in the Medical / Health / Emergency section of this guide.
Adults 18 years or older need a card. Two parents and children will be on one card.
Forms are at your local Town or Rural Municipality (RM) office or you can download it here
In Manitoba you pay each year for your driver’s insurance. If you cause an accident, the cost may go up. You must also change the address on your license within 15 days of a name or address change. The driver’s license has 2 parts, seen at left. An international driver’s license is valid for 3 months after your arrival in Manitoba. You must have a new license before those 3 months are over. If a test is needed you can take the first part in another language, however the driving test can only be taken in English.
In Canada, a card with a picture is called “picture ID.” The cards may be needed to open a bank account, apply for a credit card, cash cheques, start a job and any other time when someone asks for identification. The Immigration Card and Driver’s License are picture IDs.
Vanguard Financial & Insurance deals with licenses in Rossburn. They are located at 5 Main St. South. Phone number: 859 –5036 or for more information, visit the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) website.