FREDERICTON, N.B. – A new, integrated birth registration service will make it easier for New Brunswick parents to apply for federal and provincial benefits for their newborn children.
“The birth of a new baby is an exciting time for parents, but it can be a bit stressful, too," said Government Services Minister Sue Stultz, who is also minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. “We are committed to reducing the hurdles and making it easier for New Brunswickers to interact with government by integrating our application systems."
The Bundled Birth Service will give parents the option to apply for Canada child benefits and a social insurance number at the same time they register their newborn's birth.
"Our government is helping make life a little bit easier for parents by allowing them to register their child's birth and apply for their child's social insurance number and Canada child benefits in one simple step," said Jason Kenney, federal minister of employment and social development. “This way, parents can spend more time with their new baby and less time filling out government forms."
Through the new Bundled Birth Service, parents can complete one form to register the birth of their child with the vital statistics branch of Service New Brunswick and consent to their child's birth information being shared with other federal government departments to access multiple programs for their newborn.
The same form will now enable parents to apply for the following benefits:
– Social insurance numbers, through Service Canada; and
– Canada child benefits (the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the Universal Child Care Benefit, the GST/HST credit and the New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit), through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Applying early for Canada child benefits ensures that parents receive the credit and benefit payments to which they are entitled, on time and in the right amount.
With their child's social insurance number, parents can open a registered education savings plan and then apply for other federal benefits such as the Canada Education Savings Grant and the Canada Learning Bond.
The new birth registration forms, along with information packages, have been distributed to hospitals throughout New Brunswick, and new parents can now benefit from this service.
For information about registering the birth of your child, visit Service New Brunswick online.
For general inquiries about Canada child benefits, visit the Canada Revenue Agency online or call 1-800-387-1193 or 1-800-665-0354 if you use a teletypewriter (TTY).
For information about social insurance numbers, visit Service Canada online or call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232) or 1-800-926-9105 if you use a TTY; or visit one of close to 600 points of service across Canada.