Register a birth (new baby)

newborn baby

How to register a new baby’s birth and in one transaction:

  • get a birth certificate
  • apply for a social insurance number (SIN) and
  • sign up for Canada child benefits (including Ontario child benefits)

This is called the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle.

 

Who can register and when

You can use the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle if:

  • the baby is born in Ontario
  • the baby is under 12 months
  • the baby has not been registered before
  • you are an eligible parent

See eligibility details.

What you need to register

To register a birth, you need to provide:

  • the baby’s date of birth
  • the baby’s first, middle and last names
  • your parental information
  • the name of the hospital or birthing centre
  • the name of the person at the birth (physician, midwife or other)
  • the baby’s weight
  • the length of pregnancy in weeks

You can find some of this information on the hospital release form you get after your baby is born.

Save and print your receipt at the end of your transaction.

Register your newborn online

Costs

Birth registration: Free

Birth certificate:

  • short form birth certificate - $25
  • long form birth certificate - $35

Social insurance number: Free

Canada child benefits (including Ontario child benefits): Free

Payment

VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Interac® Online

Online completion time

Average 25 minutes.

Delivery

6 to 8 weeks to receive the documents by mail.

 

What you need to know

Every baby born in Ontario needs to be registered with the province.   

You can register a birth online, in the first 12 months after a baby is born.

Before you order a birth certificate, check the Passport Canada list of acceptable documents to ensure you are ordering the correct version.

If you are unsure if you need a short form certificate or long form certificate, please check with the Ministry, government agency, or person requesting the document before you order.

A short form birth certificate includes basic information and can be used as identification. It includes this information:

  • last name
  • given name(s)
  • date of birth
  • certificate number
  • birthplace
  • sex
  • date of registration
  • registration number, and
  • date issued

A long form birth certificate is a certified copy of the birth registration. You might need it if you:

  • move to another country
  • become an executor for a foreign estate
  • are adopting a child abroad, or
  • fill out certain citizenship or immigration documents

Babies aged 1 year or older

You need to:

  1. order a birth certificate
  2. ServiceOntario will confirm that your baby has not been registered and will send you a package for delayed registration of birth
  3. complete the registration package and return it by mail to the address provided in the package

Order a birth certificate online

Check status of delivery

If you applied online using the 4-in1 Newborn Bundle you can check the status of delivery for:

How do I

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Updated: November 13, 2014