Online Birth Registration Will Save Families Time and Money
QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching a
fast and easy online service for birth registration to save busy families time
and money, Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips announced today.
"Ontario families told us they want easier access to government services
at a time and place that's convenient to them," said Phillips. "We're
delivering that, and guaranteeing them better, faster and more convenient
options than ever before."
The online birth registration service will be offered through
ServiceOntario, which provides one-stop access to a full range of provincial
government services. The service skips the need and cost of registering births
with municipalities and sends the information directly to the province.
A pilot project to introduce the electronic registration system to
Brantford, Oakville and Thunder Bay has been very popular. This same
ServiceOntario convenience is expected to be available by year-end in
Hamilton, Niagara, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton, Mississauga, Grimsby,
Simcoe, Welland, and St. Catharines. Other communities will be phased-in
across the province in 2008-2009.
In addition, ServiceOntario is offering faster service guarantees for
birth, death and marriage certificates with new Premium Online options that
guarantee rush delivery within five business days or it's free. The option is
available on the Internet at serviceontario.ca and is subject to a $30
surcharge in addition to regular service fees.
"Online options are a revolution for busy families who need to access
government services," said Phillips. "People have told me they're thrilled
with the round-the-clock convenience and I'm pleased that even more Ontarians
will have access to this service in the near future."
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For further information:
For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072;
Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659