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Protecting Your Personal Information When Looking for a Job

It’s very important to protect your personal information during your job search.

Information that must be protected when you look for a job

Whenever you apply for a job, write a résumé or cover letter, fill out an online application or attend an interview, make sure you do not disclose any personal information such as:

  • Your social insurance number
  • Your age, marital status or date of birth
  • Your driver's licence number
  • Your health insurance card number
  • Your financial information, including your credit card or bank account numbers and personal identification number (PIN)

Applying for a job online and protecting your personal information

If an employer asks you to fill out an online application form on its website, be sure not to provide any of the personal information described above. If you have any doubts about the nature of the information requested or how it will be used, do not provide it. You should share your important personal information only with an employer with whom you have completed the hiring process.

Don’t hesitate to report any suspicious job offers to the Centre d'assistance au placement, at 1-888-367-5647.

Reporting identity theft during a job search

If you have provided personal information to another person and believe that you are a victim of identity theft, follow the recommended steps below:

  1. Report the incident to the Sûreté du Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window..
  2. Notify your financial institution and credit card company, and complete the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s Identify Theft Statement This hyperlink will open in a new window. form.
  3. Contact the 2 national credit bureaus and ask them to place a fraud alert in your credit file.
  4. Contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to report the possible identity theft and any fraud committed.
    1 888 495-8501 (toll free)

For more information, visit the Commission d'accès à l'information du Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window. website (French only).

Last update: January 25, 2023


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