McGuinty Government Makes It Easier for Ontarians to Access Government Services

    Seven New ServiceOntario Centres Bring Quick And Convenient Access to
    Government Products, Information And Services

    TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making it easier to
renew a driver's licence, get a new health card or buy a fishing permit all in
one place by opening seven new ServiceOntario centres across Ontario,
Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips announced today.
    "ServiceOntario reflects the McGuinty government's commitment to make
public services more convenient and accessible," Phillips said. "We're
establishing these centres as close as possible to where Ontarians live, work
and travel and bringing services to communities right across the province."
    ServiceOntario is the Ontario government's one-stop shop for information,
services and products. ServiceOntario centres provide easy access to the 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

    Centres have recently opened in:
    -   Cochrane
    -   Kanata
    -   Pembroke.

    Additional centres due to open soon include:

    -   Sarnia (September 2007)
    -   Aylmer (October 2007)
    -   Terrace Bay (October 2007)
    -   Goderich (March 2008).

    These seven new locations will bring to 68 the number of centres offering
services for individuals, families and businesses. Many locations offer
fishing and hunting licences, Ontario government publications and access to
public computers so that people can apply online for birth, marriage and death
certificates and research other services.
    In addition, ServiceOntario will be providing outreach services in Tweed
beginning September 2007.
    ServiceOntario made Ontario the first government in North America to
offer Ontarians a 15-day money-back service guarantee for birth certificates
when they apply online at Money-back guarantees also
now apply to online applications for marriage and death certificates and the
electronic master business licence.
    "ServiceOntario is constantly improving the services it makes available
and the number of centres where Ontarians can find them," said Phillips.
"We're proud of our success so far, and we're looking forward to adding more
services, locations and service guarantees."
    For a full list of ServiceOntario centres and the services offered at
each location, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Paul de Zara, Minister's Office, Office: (416)
327-3072, Cell: (647) 388-9671; Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416)

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