Federal government cracks down on SIN fraud

HRDC announces sweeping changes to system in wake of scathing report by the auditor general
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/17/2002

The federal government announced steps to crack down on fraudulent social insurance numbers (SIN) just as the auditor general released a scathing report over the Liberals handling of SINs.

Auditor General Sheila Fraser said the government has issued more SINs than there are adults in the country. The report complained the numbers are handed out far too easily without adequate proof of identity and citizenship. The 2001 census showed there were 22.2 million Canadians aged 20 and older, but there are 27 million social insurance numbers.

"This is a wake-up call for departments," said Fraser. "They recognize what needs to be done and they have made some improvements. But overall, the pace is too slow and the results often fall short."