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BirthBirth<p>An Ontario birth certificate is an important legal document for children born in Ontario because it establishes identity and it can be used as a piece of identification when registering for health services, a passport and other services.</p><p>Before applying for an Ontario birth certificate, the birth of a child must be registered. Here are the steps to register a child's birth:</p><ul><li>Complete the Statement of Live Birth form, which is received from the hospital or midwife.</li><li>Send the completed form to the Division Registrar's Office in the local city or municipality.  The address will be on the form.</li><li>It may take up to four months to process the form. You will receive a Notice of Birth Registration in the mail.</li></ul><p> <br>Once you have received the Notice of Birth Registration, you can apply for a birth certificate by completing the Request for Birth Certificate form and mailing it to the Office of the Registrar General.</p><ul><li>Visit In My Language to learn more about <a href="http://english.inmylanguage.org/article.aspx?cat=DAILYLIFEEVENTS&docid=2272489" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">getting a birth certificate for a child born in Canada</font></a>.</li><li><p>Government of Ontario: <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/government/birth-certificates" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Birth certificates</font></a></p></li><li><p>Office of the Registrar General: <a href="https://www.orgforms.gov.on.ca/eForms/start.do" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Online Certificate Application</font></a></p></li><li>Government of Ontario: <a href="http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&ENV=WWE&NO=007-11076E" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">online Request for Birth Certificate</font></a></li></ul>
MarriageMarriage<p>Marriage is an important event in a person's life. It is also a legal contract between two people.</p><p>To be married in Ontario, you must meet certain conditions:</p><ul><li><p>Meeting the age requirements</p></li><li><p>Both people must agree to the marriage</p></li><li><p>Both people must be present for the marriage ceremony</p></li><li><p>If either person is divorced, proof of the divorce must be given</p></li><li><p>You may marry someone of the same or opposite sex  (Same sex marriages are legal in Ontario) </p></li></ul><p>To get married, you either need a marriage licence from the local city hall or municipality, or a banns form from a church when you publically announce your commitment during a divine service. The marriage or banns are signed by you and your spouse, witnesses and the person who performed the marriage immediately after the ceremony. The person performing the marriage ceremony will forward your marriage licence to the Office of the Registrar General to be registered, a process that will take about 10 weeks.</p><p>Once the marriage licence has been registered, you apply for a <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/government/marriage-certificate" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">marriage certificate</font></a> from Service Ontario.  You can visit a local location, as well as the <a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario website </font></a>or phone Service Ontario’s General Inquiry Line: 1-800-267-8097</p><p><em>The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</em> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Service Ontario</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-6" style="width:50%;">​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong></strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario Counter, Collingwood Location</font></a><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">191 Hurontario St, Unit 6 <br>Collingwood, ON L9Y 2M1 <p>Phone: 705-445-3530</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Alliston Location</font></a></strong>​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"></a> 180 Parsons Rd, Unit 1 <br>Alliston, ON L9R 1E8</p><p>Phone: 705-435-7661</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Barrie Service Counter</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">274 Burton Ave, Unit 21 <br>Barrie, ON L4N 5W4 <p>Phone: 705-728-3861</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Barrie Service Counter</font></a></strong>​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">34 Simcoe St, Unit 102 <br>Barrie, ON L4N 6T4 <p>Phone: 1-800-267-8097</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Barrie Service Counter</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">Bayfield Mall <br>320 Bayfield St, Unit 104 <br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1 <p>Phone: 705-722-5210</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Bradford Service Counter</font></a></strong>​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>100 Dissette St, Unit 9 <br>Bradford, ON L3Z 3G8</p><p>Phone: 1-800-267-8097</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Orillia Service Counter</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">150 Front St S <br>Orillia, ON L3V 4S7 <p>Phone: 705-326-4424</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario, Stayner Counter</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">7314 Hwy 26 <br>Stayner, ON L0M 1S0 <p>Phone: 705-428-2821</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario, Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing and Health Card Renewal Office, Elmvale</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">40 Yonge St S, Unit A <br>Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0 <p>Phone: 705-322-4181</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong><a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario, Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing and Health Card Renewal Office, Midland</font></a></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">Huronia Mall <br>9225 Hwy 93, Unit 20 <br>Midland, ON L4R 4K4 <p>Phone: 705-526-1590 </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>For More Information: </p><ul><li>In My Language: <a href="http://english.inmylanguage.org/article.aspx?cat=DAILYLIFEEVENTS&docid=2272222" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Getting Married in Ontario</font></a>, available in multiple languages.</li><li>In My Language: <a href="http://english.inmylanguage.org/article.aspx?cat=DAILYLIFEEVENTS&docid=2272224" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Getting a marriage licence in Ontario</font></a>, available in multiple languages.</li><li>Settlement.org: <a href="http://www.settlement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?k=LIFE_MARRIAGE&faq_id=4001019" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Getting a marriage certificate in Ontario</font></a>.<br>        </li></ul>
RetirementRetirement<h2>Financial Assistance for Seniors</h2><p>When a person reaches a certain age, they may choose to retire from the workforce. When a person retires, they may be eligible for some financial assistance programs from the government, often called government pension benefits. Each government pension benefits program has different eligibility requirements. Here is a brief explanation of each; please visit the website for each program to learn additional details:</p><ul><li><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Retirement Pension</font></a>: a monthly benefit for people aged 60 and over who have made contributions to the CPP while in the workforce. </p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/fi-if/index.jsp?app=prfl&frm=isp3000" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Old Age Security (OAS) Pension</font></a>:  A monthly benefit for people aged 65 and older who meet Canadian residency and status requirements. </p></li><li><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/payments/tab1-1.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS): </font></a>a benefit for low-income Canadians aged 65 and over who receive the OAS pension.</p></li><li><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/guaranteed-income-supplement/allowance-survivor.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Allowance and Allowance for the Survivor</font></a>:  A benefit for individuals aged 60 to 64 low-income.  You must be the spouse of a person who is or was eligible for the GIS. You can still qualify even if your spouse has died. </p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/services/pensions/international/index.shtml?utm_source=vanity+URL&utm_medium=print+publication%2c+ISPB-147%2c+ISPB-341&utm_term=/international&utm_content=Mar+2013%2c+eng&utm_campaign=CPP+retirement+planning%2c+OAS+Pension+2013%2c+Benefits+for+Low+Income+Seniors" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">International Benefits</font></a>: If you have lived or worked in another country, or you are the survivor of someone who has lived or worked in another country, you may be eligible for benefits from Canada or abroad.</p></li></ul><h2>Seniors' Care</h2><p>There are many steps involved in arranging care for yourself of a family member. In Ontario, the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is the primary contact for information on Seniors' Care.  You can learn more about the process by visiting the <a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/default.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Home, Community and Residential Care Services for Seniors</font></a> section of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's website.</p><p>The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website identifies 4 categories of <a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/8_home_comm_mn.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Home and Community Support Services for seniors</font></a> to manage their care within their own home.</p><ul><li><strong>Visiting Health Professional Services</strong> provide health care in your home. Before providing care, these services will usually visit your home to assess your needs and make a care plan. Some supplies and equipment may be available through these programs as well.</li><li><strong>Personal Care and Support </strong>services can help you with a variety of routine daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating and more. </li><li><strong>Homemaking </strong>services assist you with routine household activities such as menu planning and meal preparation, shopping, light housekeeping and more. </li><li><strong>Community Support Services </strong>include a wide variety of services such as meal delivery, transportation, caregiver relief, adult day programs, social and recreational services, security checks and more.<br></li></ul><p>For <a href="http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/12_residential_mn.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">seniors requiring residential care</font></a>, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care identifies 3 types of care: </p><ul><li><strong>Supportive Housing</strong> is for seniors who need minimal to moderate levels of personal care and support to live independently. Many locations have rent-geared-to-income subsidies available.</li><li><strong>Retirement Homes </strong>are privately owned, and provide accommodations for seniors who need minimal to moderate levels of personal care and support to live independently. Retirement Homes are funded entirely by resident fees.</li><li><strong>Long-Term Care Homes </strong>are designed for people who need access to 24-hour nursing care, supervision or higher levels of personal care. These homes are also known as nursing homes, municipal homes for the aged, or charitable homes. Residents pay for accommodation charges and the care is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.</li></ul><p><br>For more information on Senior's Care Services and Programs, contact a local Service Ontario location.  You can also visit the <a href="http://www.serviceontario.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Service Ontario website </font></a>or phone Service Ontario’s General Inquiry Line: 1-800-267-8097</p><p><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;line-height:115%;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"><em>The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</em></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" style="width:50%;"><strong>Service Ontario</strong></th><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderOddCol-6" style="width:50%;">​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Service Ontario Counter, </strong><strong> </strong><strong>Collingwood Location</strong><br><strong> </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>191 Hurontario St, Unit 6 <br>Collingwood, ON L9Y 2M1</p><p>Phone: 705-445-3530<br></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Alliston Location</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>180 Parsons Rd, Unit 1 <br>Alliston, ON L9R 1E8</p><p>Phone: 705-435-7661</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Barrie Service Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>274 Burton Ave, Unit 21 <br>Barrie, ON L4N 5W4</p><p>Phone: 705-728-3861</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Barrie Service Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>34 Simcoe St, Unit 102 <br>Barrie, ON L4N 6T4</p><p>Phone: 1-800-267-8097</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Barrie Service Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>Bayfield Mall <br>320 Bayfield St, Unit 104 <br>Barrie, ON L4M 3C1</p><p>Phone: 705-722-5210</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Bradford Service Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>100 Dissette St, Unit 9 <br>Bradford, ON L3Z 3G8</p><p>Phone: 1-800-267-8097</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Orillia Service Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>150 Front St S <br>Orillia, ON L3V 4S7</p><p>Phone: 705-326-4424</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Service Ontario, Stayner Counter</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6">7314 Hwy 26 <br>Stayner, ON L0M 1S0<p>Phone: 705-428-2821</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Service Ontario, Driver and Vehicle License Issuing and Health Card Renewal Office, Elmvale</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>40 Yonge St S, Unit A <br>Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0</p><p>Phone: 705-322-4181</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Service Ontario, Driver and Vehicle License Issuing and Health Card Renewal Office, Midland</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p>Huronia Mall <br>9225 Hwy 93, Unit 20 <br>Midland, ON L4R 4K4</p><p>Phone: 705-526-1590</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> Some communities have subsidized housing programs that focus on seniors. You may be able to get a subsidy for rent-geared-to-income housing.  For more information, visit the <a href="/live/housing/rent" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Social Housing</font></a> section.</p><h2>Seniors Health</h2><p>Visit the <a href="/living/Pages/family.aspx#seniors" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Seniors' Health</font></a> section to learn more about health services for seniors.</p><p></p>