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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

Parents in the Greater Toronto Area and most of Ontario have a new option that makes it easier to register their baby's birth and get a birth certificate and Social Insurance Number.

The fully-electronic Newborn Registration Service lets parents complete all three processes in one easy-to-use online form that reduces the amount of waiting and processing time.  It also saves them the fee that some municipalities used to charge for birth registration. 

The service is a joint project between ServiceOntario and Service Canada.  It is now available in 69 Ontario communities and will be available across Ontario by the end of summer 2009.

ServiceOntario staff will be available at the BabyTime Show from April 3-5 at the International Centre in Mississauga to demonstrate the online form to parents and answer questions about the service.

Quick Facts

  • As of January 2009, over 50,000 birth registrations have been submitted online.
  • 98 per cent of Ontario parents find the application easy to find and use.
  • Most parents that use the Newborn Registration Service receive their baby’s birth certificate in five days.

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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 really appreciate that.”

Karen Meadwell

Nursing Unit Administrator, Labour and Delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital



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