ServiceOntario Centre Means Better Access To Government Services For Owen Sound-Area Residents

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ServiceOntario Centre Means Better Access To Government Services For Owen Sound-Area Residents

Ministry of Consumer Services

New Centre Provides Wide Range Of Services And Information OWEN SOUND, ON, May 26 - The Ontario government is making it easier for residents and businesses to access Ontario government services and information with the ServiceOntario Centre in Owen Sound. "Ontario families lead busy lives - this one-stop shopping option will make it easier for them to access a wide range of government services in one location," said Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government Services and Guelph-Wellington MPP Liz Sandals. Part of the government's commitment to high-quality, cost-effective and accessible services is a 15-day, money-back guarantee for online birth certificate applications in effect since November. It is the first money-back government service guarantee in North America. Owen Sound-area residents can now visit the ServiceOntario Centre to obtain government services such as birth, death and marriage certificate applications, Social Insurance Number applications, health registration cards, fishing and hunting licences, park permits, government publications and numerous other services. Business owners will be able to easily obtain or renew registrations, conduct searches, obtain permits and other business services. ServiceOntario is providing simpler, more streamlined and better-integrated services for people and businesses across the province. Centres are open in 63 locations, including Belleville, Lindsay, Minden, Aurora and Whitby. The Owen Sound ServiceOntario Centre is located at 1400 First Avenue West in Owen Sound and serves 153,000 people in Owen Sound, Grey and Bruce Counties and surrounding communities. For more information, visit www.serviceontario.ca or call 1-800-267-8097. Disponible en français www.mgs.gov.on.ca Contact Info Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- OWEN SOUND SERVICEONTARIO CENTRE Overview The Owen Sound ServiceOntario Centre provides one-stop, convenient access to Ontario government information and services. ServiceOntario Owen Sound The Owen Sound ServiceOntario Centre is located at 1400 First Avenue West. It serves 153,000 people in Owen Sound, Grey and Bruce Counties and surrounding communities. The Owen Sound ServiceOntario Centre provides the following services for individuals and businesses: Services for individuals: - Online birth certificate applications - Health card registration services - Access to Ministry of Natural Resources' Fish and Wildlife services, information and sales - Social Insurance Number applications - Internet access to search government programs and services - Referrals to staff and agencies that can provide specialized help - Government publication orders using Publications Ontario Online, the Ontario government's virtual bookstore - Free government publications, including Ontario Parks Guide, fishing and hunting regulations and power of attorney kits - Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Agriculture publications - Ministry of Labour Employment Standards Claim acceptance - Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal information and application filing - Life events information packages, such as the Lost Wallet Kit and Getting Married - Commissioner of Oaths services including certification of documents and affidavits - Access to specialized programs including the Ontario Disability Support Program, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program and the Special Services at Home Program - Youth Justice Services - Community Services and Municipal First Nations Unit Services for businesses: - Limited partnership registration - Business name registration and renewal - Business name search - Access to online government services including change of business information - Online applications for Ontario retail sales tax vendor permit, employer health tax account and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board - Ministry of Finance returns and non-cash payments drop off - Access to the ServiceOntario website at www.serviceontario.ca. Disponible en français www.mgs.gov.on.ca For further information: Paul de Zara, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072; Jason Wesley, Ministry of Government Services, (416) 327-2805 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Paul de Zara, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072; Jason Wesley, Ministry of Government Services, (416) 327-2805