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I was born in Montreal Canada, but am living in the USA. I would like to get a Canadian passport, but need my birth certificate. I understand that the wallet sized birth certificate I received in 1987 is no longer valid. I have tried to use the Vital Statistics Canada office But I keep running into roadblocks, such as needing a Canadian issued Social Security number. Can you please tell me how I can get my Birth Certificate?

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.

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My son will be born in Canada, me and my wife are not Canadian citizen. To support him apply the birth certificate and also the passport, do we need a local attorney to be his birth guarantee? Will the registrar or vital statistics provide attorney service?

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.

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I have no birth certificate from the country I was born in. Now I am a Canadian transgender wanting to legally change my name in Ontario. I do have a national ID from the country I was born in, Will that work

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:

  1. Apply for your birth certificate from your home country before you apply for this name change.
  2. Submit a written explanation along with your name change application as to why you are not able to provide a birth certificate.
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Can I get a copy of my canadian birth certificate in the UK

The rules for applying for a birth certificate vary from province to province. You can find links to all the different websites below:

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.
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im a canadian citizen married to a filipina who has a son carrying her surname, we would like to know how can i have her 7yr old son carry my surname? in his birth certificate it says that the father is UNKNOWN. We like to know so we can immigrate as soon as possible

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.

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