T2202 SIN Collection FAQ

IMPORTANT: If you receive the message "Social insurance number (SIN) is invalid, provide valid SIN", please contact taxformt2202 [at] mohawkcollege.ca to have your amended certificate re-issued. Your SIN is not invalid. If you did not respond to the communication regarding your SIN and only entered your SIN after your certificate was issued on February 28, your certificate is currently reflecting an invalid, null (empty) value in the SIN field.

What is a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9 digit number issued by the Government of Canada. A SIN is unique to each person and is necessary to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. A SIN is required to file income taxes and must be included on your T2202 Tuition and Enrolment Certificate.

More information about the SIN can be found on the Government of Canada website.

How do I apply for a SIN?

If you do not already have a SIN you can apply at a Service Canada office. There is no fee to apply for a SIN. A SIN will be issued at the time of application if the document requirements are met. 

Detailed information about the SIN application process, requirements and Service Canada locations can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Why does Mohawk College require my SIN?

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) mandates that all Canadian post-secondary institutions collect the Social Insurance Number (SIN) for students eligible to receive the T2202 Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (formerly T2202A). The new T2202 form also requires that your Social Insurance Number (SIN) be reported. For more information on this requirement please refer to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Subsection 237 of the Income Tax Act requires that you provide your SIN upon request to the preparer of the tax information slip. Your SIN is the number that identifies you for income tax purposes. If your SIN is missing or is incorrect contact Mohawk College. For more information on this obligation refer to the Canada Revenue Agency.

For more information about tuition and education tax credits and the CRA SIN collection requirement for T2202, please refer to the CRA websiteSubmitting a T2202 tax form for the 2019 tax year without a SIN number may result in your tax return being rejected by the CRA or you may have to pay a $100 penalty.

A T2202 certificate will be issued if you have eligible tuition fees of more than $100 for the tax year to claim. Certificates are available by February 28th. Students may obtain their certificate by logging in to MyMohawk.

Further information about Income Tax Forms can be found on the Mohawk College website under Registration and Records.

How can I provide my SIN to Mohawk College?

Students will begin to see e-mail and on-campus communications in mid-January regarding the collection requirement. Students will not be asked to provide their SIN through e-mail or asked to click on any links. Students with any questions or concerns about communications they receive may contact The Square.

SIN information will be collected for eligible students through MyMohawk on the Home page or from the Finances tab. Your eligibility to determine whether your SIN is required or already on file will be confirmed at that time. Mohawk College may already have your SIN on file if you are a current employee, were previously employed with the college, or received financial assistance, scholarships or bursaries as a student. 

Alternatively, you may contact The Square to provide your SIN. Any corrections to invalid or incorrect SIN information must be completed in person at The Square. A valid piece of government-issued photo ID and your SIN card or SIN confirmation letter must be presented in person in order to provide or update your SIN.

NEW: Contact taxformt2202 [at] mohawkcollege.ca during the closure for assistance with updating your SIN. Please include your name and MohawkID in your e-mail. Do NOT provide your SIN in any correspondence.

Does Mohawk keep my SIN after my T2202 certificate is issued?

Yes, Mohawk College will retain your SIN on your student account for a minimum of six years from the end of the last tax year for which a certificate was issued in accordance with CRA policy on record retention. If you have questions or concerns please contact The Square. In compliance with CRA regulations, Mohawk College can only use the SIN for the purpose for which it was provided.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact taxformt2202 [at] mohawkcollege.ca for questions or issues related to tax form availability, issues with downloading your certificate, questions about claimable amounts or months, incorrect name or mailing address, or SIN number. Please include your name and MohawkID in your e-mail. Do NOT provide your SIN in any e-mail correspondence.

IMPORTANT: If you receive the message "Social insurance number (SIN) is invalid, provide valid SIN", please contact taxformt2202 [at] mohawkcollege.ca to have your amended certificate re-issued. Your SIN is not invalid. If you did not respond to the communication regarding your SIN and only entered your SIN after your certificate was issued on February 28, your certificate is currently reflecting an invalid, null (empty) value in the SIN field.

If the college is open to students please visit The Square with any questions or to verify your SIN in person. For updates on the status of the campus and in person services visit mohawkcollege.ca/covid-19-coronavirus.