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McGuinty Government Expands Online Options For Families

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McGuinty Government Expands Online Options For Families

More Ontarians To Benefit From Faster, Easier Access To Services

Office of the Premier

More Ontario families are benefiting from better access to government services now that they can go online to use an all-in-one application to register their child's birth, apply for a birth certificate and a Social Insurance Number, or request a marriage or death certificate, announced Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Ontarians deserve to spend more time with their families and less time filling out forms," said Premier McGuinty. "By making more services available online, we're giving more families better access to faster, easier services."

Premier McGuinty was at Women's College Hospital today to unveil the government's plan to put more services online. As of today, people can go to www.serviceontario.ca to apply for marriage and death certificates. These new online services will soon come with a money-back guarantee.

Today's announcement builds on the government's success with its service guarantee for online birth certificate applications. Since November 2005, the government has received about 242,000 applications. Only 80 refunds have been issued -- or less than one per cent.

Starting today, parents can also go online to register their child's birth and get a Social Insurance Number by filling out a new all-in-one application form. This service is delivered in cooperation with the Government of Canada. It is available around-the-clock and uses technology similar to online banking to protect customers.

"The newborn registration service is the latest option available through ServiceOntario and it's making it easier for families to get things done," said Government Services Minister, Gerry Phillips. "This option builds on the runaway success of the online birth certificate application. It's changing the way people think about public services and we're looking forward to providing more options like this soon."

"I found the entire online process easy to use," said Jill Fraser, a new mother who used the online birth certificate application form. "This service was great because it helped me focus and spend time on the more important things in my life."

Expanding online services is just one of the ways the McGuinty government is working on the side of Ontario families. Other initiatives include:

  • Creating the new Small Business Agency of Ontario to help reduce regulatory burdens and paper burden for small businesses
  • Introducing more effective rent control guidelines
  • Banning the waste of taxpayers' money on partisan government advertising.

"Our government is leading the way when it comes to improving services for Ontario families," said Premier McGuinty. "We will continue to work with our dedicated and innovative partners in the public service to ensure that Ontarians have better access to faster services -- today and for years to come."