Important Paperwork at Birth - Birth and Health Certificates

Alberta

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office within 10 days of the date of the child’s birth. Only under special circumstances can the parent(s) mail this registration directly to Vital Statistics.

Health card
A personal health card for your child will be mailed to you once your application towards Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) coverage has been processed. To start the AHCIP coverage application process, complete the Application for Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Coverage Form


British Columbia

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth Form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials must send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office within 30 days of the child’s date of birth.

Health card
Residents of British Columbia who enroll with the Medical Services Plan (MPS) are provided with a Care Card with personal health number. A Care Card is used when health care services are required and should be carried with you at all times. It also serves as an identification card to confirm one’s identity.

To enroll with MPS, complete the Medical Services Plan Application for Enrolment Form 

Contact MPS for more information 


Manitoba

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials must send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office within 5 days of a child’s birth.

Health card
You may register for health coverage for your child at the following locations: 

Client Service Centre
Manitoba Health
300 Carlton Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3M9

For more information call: (204) 786-7101
Fax: (204) 783-2171
Toll free: 1-800-392-1207
TDD/TTY: (204) 774-8618
TDD/TTY Relay Service outside Winnipeg: 711 or 1-800-855-0511 

or

City of Winnipeg
510 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1B9 

or

Rural areas: Contact the city or municipal office in your area. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-392-1207. For TTY/TDD, call 711 or 1-800-855-0511. 


New Brunswick

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Birth: Form C-1 form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Branch.

It is important that the Registration of Birth form be completed accurately, as the information recorded will be used to produce birth certificates. Therefore, please ensure that hyphens and accents are included in names, before signing the form. Names in brackets will not be included for registration of the birth.

Health card
Complete the Application for Registration - Medicare Form to obtain a New Brunswick Medicare Card, issued by Service New Brunswick (SNB).


Newfoundland & Labrador

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Live Birth Notification form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office within 30 days.

Also within 30 days of the birth, you must complete a Return of Birth form which can be obtained from either a Vital Statistics Office, government service centre, or a member of the clergy. This form must be sent to the Vital Statistics Office to register the birth of a child.

Health card
Complete the Newborn / Adopted Child Registration Form to obtain a health card for your child.


Northwest Territories

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office. The birth of a child in the Northwest Territories must be registered with the Registrar General of Vital Statistics within 30 days of birth.

Health card
To obtain a NWT Health Care Card, complete this Application for Health Care Form and send it to:

Health Services Administration - Department of Health and Social Services
Bag #9, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Toll-free: 1-800-661-0830
Phone: (867) 777-7400
Fax: (867) 777-3197 


Nova Scotia

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or Local Division Registrar will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office.

Health card
To obtain a health card, contact Nova Scotia Medical Service Insurance Programs (MSI) at 1-800-563-8880.


Nunavut

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office.

Health card
To obtain a health coverage card as a resident of Nunavut, contact: 

Nunavut Health and Social Services
Brown Building, 1st Floor,
Iqualuit

Tel: 867-975-5700
Fax: 867-975-5705 


Ontario

Registration of birth

The Statement of Live Birth Form must be filed with the Ontario government within 30 days of birth.

Information Required:

  • Name of hospital or exact location of the birth
  • Child’s weight at birth
  • Name of the attendant at birth (doctor, midwife, other)

Health card
If you have your baby in a hospital with labour and delivery facilities or at home with the assistance of a registered midwife, hospital staff or the midwife will give you an Ontario Health Coverage Infant Registration form to complete after the birth of your baby. Make sure you complete and sign this form, give it to the midwife or return it to the hospital before you are discharged. The bottom of the form is pre-printed with a health number assigned to your baby. You should keep this record and use it until you receive your baby’s official Ontario health card. The hospital will submit the completed top portion of the form to the ministry for processing.

This form requests information regarding your baby such as the baby’s name, birth date and mailing address. Information on the parent/guardian completing the form is also required. You will be asked to confirm:

  • That the child has a permanent and principal home in Ontario
  • That the child will be physically present in Ontario for at least 153 days in any 12-month period to retain health coverage

If you do not receive an infant registration form, here is where you can find the regular registration form.
Registration for Ontario Health Coverage


Prince Edward Island

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics Office within 30 days.

Once your registration is received, you will be sent a Confirmation of Birth, which you must complete and return to the Vital Statistics Office within 30 days.

Health card
Complete this Health Card Application Form and return to:

Medical Services
126 Douses Road
Montague, PE C0A 1R0

Tel: (902) 838-0900
Toll Free: 1-800-321-5492
Fax: (902) 838-0940 


Quebec

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Attestation of Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Quebec Register of Civil Status (Le Directeur de l’état civil) within 30 days of the birth of a child.

A Declaration of Birth form which can be obtained from a midwife or hospital must be completed and sent by the parents to the Register of Civil Status within 30 days of the birth of a child.

Offices of the Quebec Register of Civil Status:

Business hours

Monday to Friday
From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

City of Quebec

Directeur de l’état civil
2535, boulevard Laurier, ground floor
Québec (Québec) G1V 5C5

Telephone: 418 643-3900
Fax: 418 646-3255 

Montreal

Directeur de l’état civil
2050, rue De Bleury, ground floor
Montréal (Québec) H3A 2J5
(Place-des-Arts metro)

Telephone: 514 864-3900
Fax: 514 864-4563 

Elsewhere in Quebec

Telephone: 1 800 567-3900 (toll free)
E-mail: etatcivil@dec.gouv.qc.ca
Fax: 418 643-3255 

Health card
To obtain a child’s health card, parents simply need to ensure that they register the birth of the child with the Directeur de l’état civil. The information required to register a child for the Health Insurance Plan, and where applicable, for the Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan is sent to the Régie de l’assurance maladie automatically. Parents will receive a medicare card for their child once eligibility for the health insurance plan has been verified.


Saskatchewan

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the division registrar.

Health card
Complete the Health Services Card Application Form and return it to:

Saskatchewan Health Registration
1942 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4P 3V7 

For more information on health card registration, contact SaskHealth at:
(306) 787-3251 in Regina
toll-free 1-800-667-7551 in the rest of the province
or visit www.health.gov.sk.ca


Yukon Territories

Registration of birth
Complete and sign the Registration of Live Birth form available from the midwife or at the hospital following the birth of a child. The midwife or hospital officials will send the completed form to the Vital Statistics office within 30 days of the birth of a child.

Health card
To obtain a health card, call 867-667-5209 or 1-800-661-0408 (toll free within Yukon), or stop by the Insured Health Services office at 204 Lambert Street (4th floor) in Whitehorse to fill in an application and register with Yukon Insured Health.