Change to Service Ontario Naming Policy

Residents of Ontario are now able to register a birth or change their name to a single name. The change, announced by Service Ontario, was part of the government’s budget bill, which was passed in the spring. According to the budget:

Ontario is promoting integration by eliminating barriers and implementing change to reflect the province’s diverse communities. The government plans to build on its inclusive approach by proposing legislative amendments to enable people from traditional cultures who have a single naming practice to have that name reflected on birth certificates and change of name certificates.

Questions regarding this change can be directed to Shahzma Haji ( or at 416-212-2909).




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