Judith Monteith‑Farrell MPP, Thunder Bay–Atikokan

Government of Ontario

Services and Assistance

Call or visit your local Ontario Works office for information regarding Ontario Works & Ontario Disability Support Program. You can find out your local office information by clicking this link.

You can also apply online for social assistance by clicking this link.

At the beginning of the application process, you will receive information about the Ontario Disability Support Program/Ontario Works. You will also be told which information and documents may be needed to complete the application process. You will need:

  • Health Card Number
  • Proof of Identity and Date of Birth
  • Employment History/Information
  • Income and Asset Statements
  • Shelter Costs
  • Status in Canada and Dependent Information

The application process is completed in person at your local ODSP/Ontario Works office. You will be required to complete and sign all necessary forms, including the application for assistance, and a participation agreement outlining the specific employment activities you may participate in. You will also need to provide any required information and documents.

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) provides decent and affordable housing in safe and secure living environments. You can apply for housing here.

You can also visit the North West Health Line for additional affordable housing options.

 

The Workplace Safety & Insurance Act governs the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). Visit the WSIB Ontario website for more information.

This Act requires that any person acting as a representative for an injured worker be either: a lawyer, a paralegal, a representative of a trade union, or a member of the Office of the Worker Advisor. Although my office is exempt from this provision, my staff are not properly trained to represent workers. This means that we cannot represent you.

However, we are able to assist you with finding the representation you deserve. Although we are unable to represent you at hearings, we are still able to review your claim file and make recommendations.

If you require assistance with any WSIB matter, please ensure you have a copy of your entire claim file. This will ensure we are able to view all the documents pertaining to your matter.

 

Our office can assist you with a number of matters related to health and long-term care.

A resident of Ontario must have a health card to show that they are entitled to health care services paid for by OHIP. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pays for a wide range of services, however, it does not pay for services they determine to be not medically necessary.

Eligibility for OHIP

Ontario residents are eligible for provincially funded health coverage (OHIP). Generally, to be eligible for Ontario health coverage you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or among one of the newcomer to Canada groups who are eligible for OHIP as set out in Ontario’s Health Insurance Act ; and
  • Physically present in Ontario for 153 days in any 12-month period; and
  • Physically present in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately after establishing residency in the province; and
  • Make your primary place of residence in Ontario.

OHIP coverage normally becomes effective three months after the date you establish residency in Ontario. The ministry strongly encourages new and returning residents to purchase private health insurance in case you become ill during the OHIP waiting period.

Finding a Family Doctor – Health Care Connect

Health Care Connect helps Ontarians who are without a family health care provider (family doctor or nurse practitioner) to find one. People without a family health care provider are referred to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner who is accepting new patients in their community.  To find out more information about Health Care Connect, click here.

Finding Long-term Care

Arranging care for yourself or a family member will involve a number of steps. See the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Arranging Care page for more details.  

North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) connects clients and caregivers to services  in hospitals and emergency rooms, in homes, other residential settings, and at school. They help clients access and navigate through the health and community services available in the following manner:

    • Provide the public with information and referrals regarding the North West LHIN services, Long-Term Care Homes and other health-related organizations and social services available to them;
    • Assess peoples’ needs and arrange for health and personal support services in their homes;
    • Manage all admissions to Long-Term Care homes, Supportive Housing and other services;
    • Authorize and arrange health services for children at home or at school.

You can access the North West Health Line here for more information.

For contact information for the North West LHIN click here.

Find more information on acquiring or replacing your driver's license.

Click here and here for more information.

Use the Service Location Finder.

When completing your income tax return, visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website or the Canada Revenue Agency website for further information.

Please review the OSAP website for more information.

This information can be found on the Ontario Government website.

Once a death occurs the physician or coroner attending the death completes the Medical Certificate of Death and gives it to the Funeral Director to go with the body.

To register a death, a family member and the funeral director complete the Statement of Death with information about the deceased.

Once completed, the Medical Certificate of Death and the Statement of Death are submitted to the local municipal clerk’s office by the Funeral Director.

The funeral director will issue copies of a proof of death that you can use in certain situations. There are some organizations, however, that may require an official death certificate from the Province of Ontario, Office of the Registrar General.

You may need an official death certificate or certified copy for:

  • Settling an estate
  • Insurance purposes
  • Access to/termination of government services, e.g., health card, pension, voters’ list
  • Genealogy searches

Once the death is registered, the next of kin, executor or estate administrator may apply for a death certificate. Death certificate applications can be made online, by mail, fax, or in person. The different methods of application have different service delivery times and sometimes different fees.

This information can be found on the Ontario Government website.

Births are recorded by the province through the Office of the Registrar General, a department of the Ministry of Government Services. For applications and further information, please click on the links below.

If you need assistance, or require expedited service, contact my community office for help.

*If the birth happened outside Ontario and within Canada, please contact the Vital Statistics Office in the province or territory where the birth took place.

How much does a birth certificate cost?

 

  • First birth certificate (short form —2.5″ x 3.75″) $25
  • Replacement birth certificate (short form) $35
  • First certified copy of birth (long form — 8.5″ x 14″) $35
  • Replacement certified copy of birth (long form) $45

 

How can I pay?

You can pay online by VISA, MasterCard,American Express or Interac® Online. If you are mailing in your application, you can pay by cheque, money order or credit card.

How long will it take?

 

  • Provided that the birth is registered, it should take:
  • Online service — 15 business days (including delivery)
  • Premium online service — (Online Only) 5 business days (including delivery) plus $30 surcharge
  • Fax or regular mail service — 6 to 8 weeks plus delivery
  • Expedited service — 10 days plus delivery

 

What if I need a birth certificate in a hurry?

Please visit this website for more information.

What is the difference between short form and long form birth certificates?

A short form is an extract of information from the original birth registration. It is useful as basic identification.

A long form is a certified copy of the birth registration and is needed when you are:

Moving to another country

An executor for a foreign estate

Are adopting a child abroad

Filling out certain citizenship or immigration documents

Am I entitled to apply for the birth certificate?

You are entitled to apply:

  • If the birth took place in the province of Ontario.
  • If the application is for your own birth certificate and you are at least 13 years old.
  • If the application is for your child’s birth certificate and you are named as a parent on your child’s original birth registration.
  • If you are the legal guardian of a child and you can provide court documents proving that you have custody of the child.
  • If you are the next-of-kin, executor or estate administrator, and the person named on the certificate is deceased. You must provide proof of death, (e.g., a death certificate or a funeral director’s statement of death, and any other documentation requested by the Office of the Registrar General). You will only be able to obtain a long form (certified copy) of a birth certificate. Short form birth certificates will not be issued for a deceased person.

The Office of the Registrar General maintains birth registrations for 95 years. For records older than this, please contact the Archives of Ontario.

Do I have a valid guarantor?

If you are applying for a birth certificate for an individual nine years of age or older you need a guarantor.

A guarantor is a Canadian citizen and someone who has known you (the applicant) personally for at least 2 years, and is currently serving in or a practicing member in good standing of a profession from this guarantor’s list.

The role of the guarantor is to certify that information provided on a birth certificate application is as complete and accurate as possible. If required, a qualified guarantor must also be available to verify the information with the Office of the Registrar General.

A petition is a request that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario take some specific action (or refrain from taking some action) to redress a public grievance.

The action requested must be within the scope of jurisdiction of the Legislative Assembly, and the request must be clear, temperate, proper and respectful.

The request must appear at the top of every page of signatures submitted with the petition.

Click here for more information on preparing a petition.

Click here to download a petition template.

Signatures

Petitioners must be residents of the Province of Ontario; it is acceptable for petitioners to be under the age of majority.

A petition must contain original signatures only, written directly on the face of the petition.

Each person petitioning the Legislative Assembly must print his or her name and address and sign his or her name under the text of the petition.

Form and Content

A petition must be addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Petitions addressed to the Government of Ontario, or to a particular minister will not be accepted.

Petitions must be written, typewritten or printed. Email, faxed or photocopied petitions are not admissible and will not be presented.

Representative of the different levels and branches of government will send special congratulatory greetings and/or certificates to people celebrating significant birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or other events.

If you or someone you know will soon be celebrating a special birthday or anniversary, or commemorating a special event, you can request special greetings by sending an e-mail to our office.

NOTE: The recipient or requestor must live in the riding, and scroll requests will only be processed if the recipient is a resident of Ontario.

Here is the criteria:

The Queen will send a congratulatory letter on:

  • a 60th wedding anniversary and all subsequent anniversaries; or
  • a 100th birthday and all subsequent birthdays.

Requests for The Queen’s greetings must be submitted at least three (3) months in advance and requires proof of date of birth or marriage, whichever is applicable (a copy of the birth certificate or marriage certificate is required).

The Governor-General will send a congratulatory letter on:

  • a 50th wedding anniversary and all subsequent anniversaries; or
  • a 90th birthday and all subsequent birthdays.

Requests for the Governor-General’s greetings must be submitted at least three (3) months in advance.

The Prime Minister of Canada will send a congratulatory letter on:

  • a 25th or 50th wedding anniversary and all subsequent anniversaries in 5 year intervals; or
  • a 65th or 70th birthday and all subsequent birthdays in 5 year intervals.

Requests for the Prime Minister’s greetings must be submitted at least two (2) months in advance.

The Premier of Ontario will send a congratulatory letter on:

  • a 40th wedding anniversary and all subsequent anniversaries; or
  • an 80th birthday and all subsequent birthdays.

Requests for the Premier’s greetings must be submitted at least two (2) months in advance.  Please note that congratulatory letters will not be issued more than once every five (5) years.

Your Member of Provincial Parliament, will send a congratulatory letter on:

  • Any birthday or wedding anniversary; or
  • Any celebratory occasion.

Requests for the MPP's greetings must be submitted as early as possible.