ServiceOntario Making It Easier To Access Government Services In Temiskaming Shores



    Centre Offers Fast And Easy Access To Wide Range Of Government
    Information and Services

    TEMISKAMING SHORES, ON, March 30 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario is
making it easier for residents of Temiskaming Shores to access services and
information from five provincial ministries at its newest ServiceOntario
Centre, Temiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay announced today on behalf of
Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips.
    "Quick, convenient access to birth certificates, marriage certificates
and health cards are examples of how the McGuinty government is delivering
real results for people right across the province," said Ramsay. "All across
Ontario, people are demanding better service and more results from their
government - and we're delivering."
    ServiceOntario is located at 280 Armstrong Street North in New Liskeard
and serves more than 5,000 residents of Temiskaming Shores and the surrounding
areas of Cobalt, Latchford, Earlton and other rural communities.

    
    Services offered include:

    -   Birth, death and marriage certificate applications
    -   Fishing and hunting licenses
    -   Health card registrations
    -   Landlord and tenant applications
    -   Employment standards applications
    -   Park permits
    -   Government publications
    

    "Businesses can also count on ServiceOntario to get or renew
registrations and permits, conduct business name searches and access other
business services," said Ramsay. "Businesses have told us they need our help
to become more competitive and efficient in today's economy - and we're
working with them to boost competitiveness and economic growth in Ontario."
    In addition to provincial services and information, residents of
Temiskaming Shores can also access information and services offered by the
Government of Canada, including applications for passports, Social Insurance
Numbers, Old Age Security and the Canada Pension Plan.
    The opening of the Temiskaming Shores ServiceOntario Centre is another
example of the Ontario government's commitment to delivering high-quality,
cost-effective and accessible services to people across the province.

    
    Other examples include:

    -   The introduction in November 2005 of the first government money-back
        guarantee in North America for online birth certificate applications

    -   The introduction in January 2007 of three new money-back guarantees
        for online marriage, death and master business licence applications

    -   The introduction of BizPal, an online service that simplifies the
        business permit and licence process for entrepreneurs, governments
        and third-party business service providers. Easy and convenient,
        BizPal provides one-stop access to permit and licence information for
        all levels of government

    For more information, visit serviceontario.ca or call 1-800-267-8097.

    Disponible en français

                            www.serviceontario.ca
    


    Backgrounder
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    Backgrounder: ServiceOntario at 280 Armstrong Street North in Temiskaming
    Shores

    ServiceOntario is the one-stop shop for the public to access a range of
Ontario government publications, services and information online, by phone and
in person. ServiceOntario makes it easier for Ontario families and businesses
to access information and services how, where and when they want them.

    Online - ServiceOntario.ca offers convenient online access to government
    information and services 24 hours a day, seven days a week - including an
    online application for birth certificates.

    By phone - the ServiceOntario Call Centre provides a bilingual
    information and referral service.

    General inquiries: (705) 647-7391 or toll-free in the 705 area at
    1-877-817-6636
    TTY: 1-800-268-7095 toll-free in Ontario

    In person - there are 63 ServiceOntario Centres across Ontario including
    280 Armstrong Street North in Temiskaming Shores. The centre provides
    individuals and businesses with a variety of provincial services and
    information, including:

    
    -   Answers to frequently asked questions about government services
    -   Referrals to government staff who can provide specialized help
    -   Access to the government's Internet site to search programs, services
        or staff
    -   Access to the Ontario Business Connects website to register/renew
        your business name, conduct a business name search and apply for the
        Retail Sales Tax Permit, Employer Health Tax and register with the
        Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
    -   Access to information bundled into "life events" - such as "Losing
        Your Wallet" and "Getting Married"
    -   Access to online government services, including an online change of
        address service
    -   Free government publications, including the Ontario Parks Guide,
        fishing and hunting regulations and Power of Attorney kits
    -   The ability to order government publications electronically using
        Publications Ontario Online - the Ontario government's virtual
        bookstore
    -   The ability to purchase publications from the Ministry of
        Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    -   Forms, including birth, marriage and death certificates, health cards
        and help completing them
    -   Commissioner of Oaths services, including certification of documents
        and affidavits
    -   The ability to file Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal applications
    -   Applications for fuelwood permits and registration of ice huts
    -   Submit cheques for Ministry of Finance employment, corporate and
        retail sales taxes
    -   The ability to purchase prospectors licenses and renewals, claims
        maps and mining claim tags - and more.

    Disponible en français

                            www.serviceontario.ca
    




For further information:

For further information: Paul DeZara, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072,
Cell: (647) 388-9671; Ciaran Ganley, Ministry of Government Services, (416)
325-8659

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