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Birth and Death Registration

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Births

Births are registered in the municipality where the birth occurred.

The majority of births take place at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, therefore the birth is registered at the City of Peterborough. Contact the City of Peterborough at 705-742-7777 for further information.

For home births that occur in the Township of Selwyn, the birth is registered at the Administration Office of the Township of Selwyn, 1310 Centre Line, Smith Ward 705-292-9507.

Is there a fee for registering the birth of your child?

The fee for registering a birth in the Township of Selwyn is $15.00.

Who needs to complete the notice of live birth?

This form is to be completed and signed by the Physician or Midwife who attended the birth. The forms may be obtained from the Administration Offices of the Township of Selwyn. The form must be completed, and sent within 48 hours, to the Clerk's Office of the Township of Selwyn.

Who needs to sign the statement of birth?

The form must be signed by both the mother and father, unless the father's particulars are to remain blank. The signature of the informant which is located under the parents signature does not need to be completed unless neither parent is capable of signing this form.

What if I make an error on the form?

No white-out can be used on either the Statement of Live Birth or Notice Live Birth. Should you use white-out, the form will be returned to you and a new form must be completed. Should you make an error, simply cross it out and both parents or the attendant should initial it.

Most Common Mistakes In Completing A Statement Of Live Birth

Parents should be careful not to make the following mistakes in completing the Statement of Live Birth as they will cause a delay in the registration.

  • The cheque is not enclosed.
  • Corrections are not initialed.
  • The municipal address is not complete. If you do not have a street and number, you MUST put in the Lot, Township and Concession. Many people do not complete this address in full.
  • The mothers maiden name (the name you were born with) is either missing or wrong.
  • The father has not signed the form. If he has not signed the form, you may not put down any information about him.

Note: Failure to register your child can cause many difficulties as the child grows older. You need a birth certificate in order to travel outside Canada, to enter school, or to obtain a health card. All births are to be registered with 30 days of the birth.

What if i need proof of birth (birth certificate)?

Application forms for Birth Certificates are available at the Administration Offices of the Township of Selwyn. These forms need to be sent to the Registrar General's Office in Thunder Bay. You can also fax the application form to Thunder Bay 807-343-7459 along with your credit card number.

Should you need a certificate immediately, it can be obtained the same day at some locations in Ontario. The closest to Peterborough is located at 590 Rossland Road East, Whitby (905-430-3452). These locations will also take debit and credit cards.

Birth Certificate Application Form

Service Ontario Website - Ontario Birth Certificate Information

Deaths

What are the fees to register a death?

There is a user fee of $15.00 for every burial permit issued in the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield.

What If I Need Proof Of Death

Most funeral homes will provide Proof of Death to the immediate family for a fee.

If you need a death certificate issued by the Province of Ontario, application forms are available at the Administration Offices of the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield. These forms need to be sent to the Registrar General's Office in Thunder Bay. You can also fax the application form to Thunder Bay (807) 343-7459 along with your credit card number.

Application Form to Request a Death Certificate

Service Ontario Website