How to Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate from Canada

Whether you've just happened to misplace your birth certificate, or you were an unfortunate victim of a natural disaster that rendered you without your vital records, you can't go very far in life without having a proper birth certificate. Here's how to obtain a copy of your birth certificate if you were born in Canada.

Contact the vital records office of the Province in which you were born. After logging onto (which is the official government website for the country, you may search "birth certificates." The ensuing results will show you the vital records office for each Province. Select the appropriate Province from the list.

Determine how you want to obtain your birth certificate. The Canadian Government offers you the option of appearing at any local vital statistics office, ordering the birth certificate online or completing a form which you can mail.

Provide your name, address, city or town of birth, parental names and any other information which is required. (Each Province varies their requirements slightly. However, a good rule of thumb is to provide as much information as you know to be true. Also, if you are appearing in person, other government issued IDs may expedite the process.)

Pay the fee to receive the duplicate copy of your Canadian birth certificate. This of course varies on not only the current rate, but the current country you are in. This is because exchange rates are computed daily. Due to this factor, paying by a credit card is the best option, as they will charge you in accordance with the current market rate.

Receive the birth certificate and immediately check for any errors or omissions. The time to correct the document is just after receipt, rather than down the road when you need it to help prove your identity or gain other government issued paperwork.