What is a guarantor?

A guarantor is someone who certifies that the information you provided on the birth certificate application is complete and accurate.

ServiceOntario may contact your guarantor by phone to verify the information you provided on your application.

A guarantor must be a Canadian citizen who has known the applicant for at least 2 years and is currently serving as one of the following:

  • judge, justice of the peace, municipal police officer, provincial police officer or officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, First Nations police officer and/or constables
  • mayor
  • member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
  • minister of religion authorized under provincial law to perform marriages
  • municipal clerk or treasurer who is a member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario
  • notary public
  • principal or vice-principal of a primary or secondary school
  • senior administrator or professor in a university of a senior administrator in a community college or in a CEGEP in Quebec, or
  • signing officer of a bank

Your guarantor can also be a Canadian citizen who has known the applicant for at least two years and is a practicing member in good standing of a provincial regulatory body established by law to govern one of the following professions:

  • chiropractor, dentist, midwife, nurse, optometrist, pharmacist, physician, or surgeon, psychologist or veterinarian
  • lawyer
  • professional accountant
  • professional engineer
  • social worker or social service worker, or
  • teacher in a primary or secondary school

The list above is not an endorsement by the Office of the Registrar General of professional status or recognition of qualifications.

A family member can be your guarantor if that person is a Canadian citizen, has known you for at least 2 years and is currently serving as one of the above noted occupations.

For more information contact ServiceOntario toll free: 1-800-461-2156 or in the GTA: 416-325-8305.

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Updated: September 12, 2014