Birth registration and child benefits
All births are registered online. You will receive a card with the web address. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call the phone number on the card to find out where the closest birth registration centre is located. Births must be registered within 30 days. You can apply for a birth certificate and a social insurance number at the same time you register your baby's birth. You will receive a form to apply for the Ontario child benefit and the Canada child benefit. Please send the completed form in the envelope provided.
- Register your newborn
- Get a birth certificate
- Apply for a social insurance number (SIN), and
- Sign up for Canada child benefits (including Ontario child benefits)
All moms with a valid OHIP number will receive an application form for an OHIP number for their baby. The last name on the application form will be the same name as the mother used to register at the hospital. If you wish to use dad's last name, just put a line through the name on the form and fill in the last name you are going to use.
It is very important to make sure that the name you put on the OHIP application is the exact same name you use when you register the baby's birth. If you have not decided on the baby's name, complete the OHIP form and leave the name part blank. You will receive the bottom portion of the form which has the baby's temporary health card number. There is also a phone number on the back that you can call to request a form to notify OHIP of your baby's name. Once OHIP has the baby's full name, they will give you a permanent OHIP number and a plastic OHIP card for the baby.
It is very important to complete this form before you leave the hospital. The form has a number on it that is recorded, so it is very important to make sure that the form is not misplaced or lost.