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New Ontario Birth Certificates Easier to Verify and Harder to Forge

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New Ontario Birth Certificates Easier to Verify and Harder to Forge

Introduction of Polymer Certificates Will Protect Against Damage and Fraud

Office of the Premier

Ontario birth certificates will now be more durable and secure, thanks to a new polymer material and innovative security features that make them difficult to counterfeit and easier to verify.

Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the new Ontario birth certificates today at St. Michael's Hospital. Birth certificates are important documents used to obtain other ID. Making them more secure will help prevent identity theft and fraud.

The polymer birth certificates have a variety of embedded security features, including raised print, transparent windows and colour-shifting images. They are also more durable and easier to clean than the current paper certificates. With normal use, they will last a person a lifetime. The new design and material will not increase the cost of ordering a birth certificate.

Introducing new polymer birth certificates is one of a number of measures the government of Ontario is taking to improve personal security and reduce fraud and identity theft, which hurt individuals, businesses, taxpayers and the economy.

Quick Facts

  • The new polymer birth certificates will be available starting April 15, 2015.
  • Ontario issues about 200,000 birth certificates each year.
  • Current birth certificates are still valid and do not need to be replaced.
  • Parents can register their baby’s birth and apply for a birth certificate, Social Insurance Number and Canada child tax benefits at the same time using the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle.

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“I am always looking for ways our government can help make everyday life easier for Ontarians, and these new polymer birth certificates do just that. Having a safe and durable birth certificate will provide more security and help protect people from fraud and identify theft.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Our government is taking steps to improve personal security and reduce fraud by making Ontario’s birth certificates easier to verify and harder to counterfeit. A birth certificate is one of our most important documents, and our new design and advanced security features will provide Ontarians with a more durable, secure piece of identification.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Government and Consumer Services



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