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Less labour for baby's birth certificate

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Less labour for baby's birth certificate

McGuinty Government Helping Ontario’s Families

Ontario parents of newborn babies will be able to enjoy an online service that lets them register their baby's birth, get a birth certificate and Social Insurance Number all at the same time.

An additional thirteen communities, including Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Kenora, are now offering the newborn registration service, a joint project between ServiceOntario and Service Canada.

This new service will help parents reduce the amount of waiting and processing time by combining three processes into one easy-to-use online form. 

 Currently available in 26 Ontario communities, the newborn registration service at www.serviceontario.ca will be available across all of Ontario by the end of 2009.

Quick Facts

  • More than 85 per cent of parents have used the online version instead of the paper-based system since the fully-electronic newborn registration service was launched in May 2007.
  • Approximately 11,000 parents have used the online service in 26 communities across Ontario.

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“Getting your baby’s birth certificate and SIN card doesn’t need to be stressful — that’s why we are making it easier for Ontario families to get the documents they need for their new bundles of joy.”

Liz Sandals

MPP for Guelph

“Staff in our family birthing unit have helped dozens of new parents use this service and they all appreciate how easy it is to use. People were obviously thinking about new parents when they designed this, and that’s great to see.”

Louena MacInnis

Director, Maternal and Child Services at Guelph General Hospital



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