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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.

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:

  • Complete the Statement of Live Birth form, which is received from the hospital or midwife.
  • Send the completed form to the Division Registrar's Office in the local city or municipality.  The address will be on the form.
  • It may take up to four months to process the form. You will receive a Notice of Birth Registration in the mail.

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.