McGuinty Government Makes It Easier For Ontarians To Access Government Services



    ServiceOntario Brings Convenient Access To Downtown Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making it easier to
renew a drivers' licence, get a new health card or buy a fishing permit by
opening a new ServiceOntario location in downtown Toronto to provide Ontario
families with convenient one-stop access to the full range of government
services, Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips announced today.
    "ServiceOntario is making it easier for Ontario families to spend less
time filling out paperwork and more time doing what is important to them,"
said Phillips. "The days when accessing different government services meant
going one place for a health card and another for a drivers' licence are over
for downtown Toronto residents. In an age where goods and services can be
purchased around the clock, where business deals are completed in seconds
online, people rightly expect the same level of service from their government
- ServiceOntario is delivering."
    The new ServiceOntario-College Park is located at 777 Bay Street in
Toronto and serves over 1,000 people a day. It provides easy access to a full
range of provincial government services, including birth, marriage or death
certificates, business registrations, fish and wildlife licences, drivers'
licences, vehicle permits, health cards, change of name and address - and
more.
    "Torontonians who live and work downtown lead busy lives and need
convenient access to government services," said Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "We're delivering with
ServiceOntario-College Park, conveniently located right on the subway line at
College station and offering immediate access to a wide range of government
services."

    
    -   The McGuinty government has also launched four money-back service
        guarantees for services offered through ServiceOntario: 15-business-
        day service guarantees for birth, marriage, and death certificates,
        and a two-day money-back guarantee for companies and individuals that
        apply for an electronic Master Business Licence (eMBL).
    

    "The people of Toronto are in the driver's seat when it comes to easy
access to Ministry of Transportation services at ServiceOntario-College Park,"
said Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. "This one-stop location makes it
easier for Torontonians to get drivers licenses and vehicle permits easily and
efficiently."
    The new service centre is an important part of the government's efforts
to integrate services and improve access for families and businesses,
providing them with the best service delivery experience possible.
    It replaces the Office of the Registrar General, Ministry of
Transportation and Government Information Centre previously located at 900 Bay
Street as well as the Ontario Government Bookstore (Publications Ontario) at
880 Bay Street.
    The centre is located at the College subway station on the
Yonge-University-Spadina line. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday
to Friday.
    For more information, visit www.ServiceOntario.ca or call 1-800-267-8097.

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                            www.ServiceOntario.ca
                              www.mgs.gov.on.ca


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                        SERVICEONTARIO - COLLEGE PARK

    ServiceOntario-College Park provides convenient access to a wide range of
Ontario government information and services.
    It is located at 777 Bay Street (College Park), just steps from the
College subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. It is open from
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    Services for individuals include:

    -   Birth, marriage and death certificates
    -   Health cards
    -   Driver/vehicle permits and licences
    -   Landlord and tenant board applications
    -   Used vehicle information packages
    -   Driver and vehicle abstracts
    -   Outdoors cards, hunting and fishing licences
    -   Employment standards forms and referrals for information
    -   Moose validation tag applications
    -   Paid and free government publication orders.

    Services for businesses include:

    -   Lien search and registrations
    -   Limited partnership registrations
    -   Business name registrations and renewals
    -   Business name searches
    -   Access to online government services, including change of business
        information
    -   Drop off box services for Ontario retail sales tax returns,
        corporation taxes and employer health tax payments
    -   Access to the ServiceOntario website at www.serviceontario.ca

                            www.ServiceOntario.ca
                              www.mgs.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072;
Ciaran Ganley, Ministry of Government Services, (416) 325-8659

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