Contact the Registrar General or Vital Statistics Office to get your Canadian Birth Certificate.
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You need to apply for a new birth certificate at your province’s Vital Statistics Office or Registrar General.
There is no federal vital statistics office. You need to contact the Quebec Directeur de l’etat civil. You do not need a SIN number to replace your birth certificate.
You should contact the Archives of Canada. If they don’t have the information then you will likely have to head down to Puerto Rico.
You do not need to an attorney to be present at your son’s birth. You can apply to the provincial registrar or vital statics agency once he is born for the birth certificate. Once you have the birth certificate, you can apply for his passport.
You need to apply for your Albertan birth certificate through one of the private companies authorized to provide the service in Alberta. Learn more.
You will have to submit the documentation required by the Office of the Registrar general including
- a photocopy of your Canadian citizenship certificate or card
- a photocopy of your birth certificate
- photocopies of any previous name change certificates (if applicable)
- court-certified copies of court orders (if applicable).
Any document that is not in English or French will have to be translated and supported by an affidavit from a professional translator.
Since you don’t have your birth certificate, you have two options:
- Apply for your birth certificate from your home country before you apply for this name change.
- Submit a written explanation along with your name change application as to why you are not able to provide a birth certificate.
The rules for applying for a birth certificate vary from province to province. You can find links to all the different websites below:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
You can apply from anywhere. The issue arises: will the Registrar or Department that issues the certificates pay for postage to another country? You have two options:
- If you are applying by mail, send a self-addressed and stamped return envelope; OR
- Contact the relevant authority and ask them if they can mail it to you.
That depends on where the birth occurred. If the birth occurred in Canada, you will have to speak to the vital statistics office or registrar about a declaration of paternity. If it’s outside of Canada, you will need to contact the relevant jurisdiction.