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Ethan and Olivia Most Popular Baby Names

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Ethan and Olivia Most Popular Baby Names

McGuinty Government Helping To Make Services Easier for New Parents

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Ethan has been the most popular name for baby boys for the third year in a row, while Olivia overtook Emma in the top spot for girls' names. The top ten names also include: Jacob, Matthew, Nathan and Joshua for boys and Emma, Ava, Emily and Isabella for girls.

The province is making it easier for parents to register their newborn's birth and name online from the comfort of home.  Parents can now apply for a birth certificate, a Social Insurance Number and Canada Child Benefits, including the Ontario Child Benefit, using Ontario's online Newborn Registration Service.  That's four separate applications now combined into one easy-to-use online process.

Ontario also offers a service guarantee for birth certificates ordered online - delivered in 15 business days, or it's free.  Since the service guarantee began in 2005, more than 99.8% have been delivered on time.

This service guarantee and expanded online service is part of the Open Ontario plan to help make services for families faster, friendlier and easier to access.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Registrar General compiles annual lists of given baby names from registered births in the province.
  • More than 100,000 parents in the province have used the online service since it was launched in 2009.
  • Parents have up to one year to register a child's birth.
  • The Ontario Child Benefit provides up to $1,100 per child per year to over one million children making life a little easier for their families.

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“Having a baby and choosing the right name is a very exciting and important time for families. We are happy to make it easier for new parents to register the name and birth of their baby and get their birth certificate faster, guaranteed.”

Harinder S. Takhar

Minister of Government Services

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