CANADIAN BIRTH CERTIFICATE
Canada Vital statistics keeps a record
of all births that occur within the country. These are
organized by the province in which the birth took place.
All births are registered with the Vital Statistics
office of the province in which the birth took place.
All birth certificates issued in Canada are provincial.
There is no such thing as a federal birth certificate.
A birth certificate is issued to anyone who was born
in Canada and had their birth registered. A birth certificate
is one of the few documents that a person born in Canada
can use to prove that he/she is a Canadian citizen.
The birth certificate is a document that acts as a primary
identification document in Canada. This is used to obtain
other forms of identification, obtaining a health insurance
card, Canada social insurance number, admittance in school, obtaining a passport and
more. Birth certificates should therefore be kept in
a secure location, not in a wallet or purse.
There are generally two forms of Canada birth certificates.
The short form, which lists the person’s name,
date of birth, sex, and birth registration date and
number, and the long form, which lists all the information
in the short form along with the parents’ date
of birth and place of birth.
Birth certificate application process varies from province
to Province. Therefore it is important to know the details
of the application process before you apply to avoid
The Canada birth certificate application kits are designed
to help persons who need to replace their birth certificate
because their old one was damaged, lost, or stolen,
or if they are applying for the first time. These kits
will show you how to apply for a birth certificate from
all 10 provinces and 3 territories. The kits will include
the application forms for all provinces and territories
and indicate what supporting documentation is required.
The kits will also tell you what the fees are, how to
expedite the process, and how to submit your application.
Also, the kits have some frequently asked questions
with regards to the forms. Finally, the kits contain
sample applications from every province and territory
so that you can see what a completed application looks
NOTE: Canadians who travel into the US will still be
allowed to use their birth certificates to enter the
US by car up to January 31, 2008.
on the province you require the birth certificate from:
Can I travel with my Canadian birth certificate?
Until January 31st, 2008, you can only enter the US
with your birth certificate if you travel by car. Almost
every other nation will require that you have a valid
passport when you travel.
2. There is a mistake on my
birth certificate; how can I change it?
If there is a mistake on your birth certificate, you
may have to have an amendment of birth in order to have
3. Can I laminate the Canadian birth
No. If you laminate or alter your birth certificate
it becomes invalid.
4. Does my
birth certificate expire?
Your birth certificate does not have an expiration date.
The certificate will remain valid as long as it is in
a good, legible condition.
5. I got my Canadian birth certificate
laminated back in the 70s, is it valid?
Yes. These birth certificates are the only laminated
ones that are valid. However, someone who may not know
this could ask you to get a new birth certificate.