GigHound, like any other employer, is required by law to obtain your Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to verify your work status, pay you, and complete your annual tax paperwork.
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What is a SIN
A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9-digit number that is provided by the Government of Canada that uniquely identifies you.
A SIN number is required to legally work and access services in Canada such as the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), Employment Insurance (EI), and other government programs. SINs are also used for tax reporting purposes.
Service Canada issues SIN to Canadian citizens, permanent and temporary residents, and some refugee claimants.
SINs that begin with a “9” are issued to temporary workers who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents. These SINs are only valid for a limited time and will expire when the immigration document allowing the individual to work in Canada expires.
To learn more about SINs and the requirements placed on employers by the Government of Canada, please visit the Government of Canada website.
Why we need your SIN
Your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a government-issued number that uniquely identifies you. GigHound, like any other employer, needs your SIN to pay you and file your tax forms each year.
We use your SIN to provide information to the Canadian Government about your income, the amount of income tax dedicated, and the amounts withheld for government benefit programs and services (eg. EI, CPP/QPP).
SINs are not required to view shifts with GigHound. However, you will not be able to take shifts unless you provide your SIN.
How is my SIN secured
Security is one of GigHound’s top priorities. When you provide your SIN, it is protected and encrypted at all times, both in transit and while stored. It is protected private information that is NEVER used or shared for any reason other than those set by the Government of Canada.
GigHound stores your SIN with the Government compliant encryption and storage practices (FIPS 140-2).
Who can access my SIN
SINs are always stored in an encrypted state and are only decrypted during tax season to prepare the T4 forms for the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).
Secured and automated systems are the only mechanisms used to decrypt your SIN. This cannot be manually done by a GigHound employee.
SINs can never be viewed by employees or clients at GigHound.
On rare occasions, if an individual has registered using someone else’s SIN, high-level administration at GigHound may be required to decrypt and view the SIN to address potential fraud.