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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Applying for your Social Insurance Number

As soon as you arrive in Canada, apply in person for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for payroll and income tax purposes. Application forms are available at the Government of Canada office: 78 Richmond St. West, Oshawa. You can take the completed application, along with your work permit, passport and Ontario Tech University offer to the office. You will be issued a letter confirming your nine-digit Social Insurance Number and your card will be sent to you in the mail. As soon as you receive the confirmation of your SIN, please notify HR and provide the number.

For more information on Social Insurance Numbers, visit the Human Resources Social Development website (link will open in new browser window).