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Birth Certificates

Parents must register the birth of a baby born in Canada before they can apply for a birth certificate. Registration ensures there is a permanent record of the child's birth. To register a child:

  • Parents must complete the Statement of Live Birth either online (see For More Information Links below) or in paper form and submit it directly to the Office of the Registrar General either electronically or by mail. The paper form can be obtained from the hospital or midwife.

Once a birth is registered, parents can apply for a birth certificate. This is a legal document that can be used to prove identity. There are two types of birth certificate forms:

  • A short form birth certificate includes the name, date and place of birth, certificate number, gender, date of registration and issue.
  • A long form birth certificate is a certified copy of the birth registration. It includes the name, date and place of birth, gender, parents' names and birthdates, details about the birth and other children born to the mother.

The Long Form Birth Certificate is needed to apply for certain official documents.

There is no charge to register a birth in Ontario. Birth certificate applications include a fee and can be made online. It takes about 15 business days after registration of a birth to obtain a certificate.

Through the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle, parents can now do all of the following in one online transaction.

  • Register a newborn
  • Get a birth certificate
  • Apply for a social insurance number (SIN) for the baby; and
  • Sign up for Canada child benefits (including Ontario Child benefits) 

It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the documents to be received by mail.

For More Information

Register a birth (new baby) — ServiceOntario
The Newborn Registration Service allows parents to register a birth and apply for a birth certificate, social insurance number, and Canada (and Ontario) child benefits. Includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Get a copy of an Ontario birth certificate
How to apply for a birth certificate – either online or otherwise. Includes information on the various application fees, processing times, and payment options, plus other useful information such as a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How do I apply for a birth certificate for my Canadian-born child?
Information on how to register a birth, apply for a birth certificate, who can apply, and types of certificates. Application for birth certificate can be downloaded on this site. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Online Certificate Application: Birth, Marriage, Death — ServiceOntario
Apply online for birth, marriage, and death certificates and certified copies of birth, marriage, or death registration.

"New in Canada" Parenting Support Series
A series of CMAS-created brochures for newcomer parents. Topics covered include dressing for winter, fire safety, home safety for children, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), swimming safety, and street safety. Brochures are available in Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), English, French, Persian (Farsi), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Birth & Death Registrations
Basic overview and information regarding birth and death registration. Includes an overview of the process, what is obtainable through the Clerks Department at City Hall and what documents and information is needed, as well as how and where to obtain birth certificates, death certificates, and burial permits. Also includes links to ServiceOntario.

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