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Making it easier to register newborns

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Making it easier to register newborns

McGuinty Government Helps Parents Save Time And Money

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Starting on New Year's Day 2009, parents in Toronto and 11 municipalities in the Belleville, Brockville and Kingston areas can register their newborns online.

The Newborn-Registration-Service-online option allows parents to register their baby's birth and get a birth certificate and Social Insurance Number.  Combining these three processes into one easy-to-use online form reduces the amount of waiting and processing time for parents. 

The service is a joint project between ServiceOntario and Service Canada.  It has already been launched in 60 Ontario communities.  By the end of 2009, it will be available across Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • The online Newborn Registration Service was launched in May 2007.
  • Since then, more than 85 per cent of eligible newborns have been registered using the online registration service instead of the paper-based system.
  • As of November 2008, almost 40,000 Ontario parents had used the online service.

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“You don’t have a lot of free time as a new parent. This new online form is so quick and easy you can do it while your newborn takes a nap.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Government Services

“This new system is just leaps and bounds ahead of the old processes. It saves time, money and effort, and I know parents will really appreciate that.”

Karen Meadwell

Nursing Unit Administrator, Labour and Delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital



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