Making Government Services Easier for New Parents

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Making Government Services Easier for New Parents

McGuinty Government Introduces Expanded Newborn Registration Service

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

With just a few clicks, Ontario parents can now apply online for child benefit programs, including the Ontario Child Benefit, when they register their newborns.

In partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency and Service Canada, the ServiceOntario website has expanded its Newborn Registration Service application. This online service now provides a quick, easy, and secure way for parents to register their newborn, apply for a birth certificate, a Social Insurance Number Card and Canada Child Benefits.

This expanded service lets parents combine four separate applications into one easy-to-use online process from the comfort of their home. No waiting in line and faster processing times makes it easier for busy new parents to cross another thing off their to-do list.

Quick Facts

  • Over 100,000 parents in the province have used the online service since it was launched in 2009.
  • Child Benefit programs included in this service include: the Universal Child Care Benefit, Canada Child Benefit, Ontario Child Benefit and the Canada goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax credit.
  • The Ontario Child Benefit is financial support for low-income families to help provide for their children. For more information on eligibility, please visit The Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
  • Research shows that about 89 per cent of parents in Ontario are going online to register the births of their children.
  • Application for child benefits on birth registration forms have been implemented in four other provinces - Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Québec - making the service available for approximately 75 per cent of the newborn population in Canada.
  • Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to launch a government service guarantee, including receiving a birth certificate in 15 days or it's free. There are currently seven online guarantees for delivering family-friendly government services available at Serviceontario.ca.

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“Ontarians expect their government to work with all other levels of government to deliver better services and make things easier for them. The expansion of the Newborn Registration Service is an important part of our Open Ontario plan to help make services for families faster, friendlier and easier to access.”

The Honourable Harinder S. Takhar

Ontario Minister of Government Services

“Parents of newborns have enough to think about when a baby arrives, that is why the Federal government has worked with our provincial counterparts to provide better services to Canadian families, to reduce duplication and red tape whenever we can.”

The Honourable Diane Finley

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Federal Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister

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