Registering a Birth
You need to register your baby’s birth before you can get a birth certificate.
When your baby is born, your nurse will help you fill out a form with your baby’s information including his or her name and parents’ names.
After you register your child’s birth, you can apply for a birth certificate.
You can get help filling out forms at your local health centre.
A birth certificate is an important personal document that may be used for:
- Legal identity
- Age, sex or nationality
- Travelling to other countries or applying for a passport
- Applying for a Nunavut Health Card, a Social Insurance Number, or a driver’s license
- School enrolment
- Settling an estate
- Accessing old age pension benefits
You can get a birth certificate if you are:
- The person named on the birth registration
- Named as a parent on the live birth registration
- A legal representative (e.g. guardian, solicitor, or legal agent) of the person whose name is on the birth registration
- The spouse of the person whose name is on the birth registration
- An agent, or any other person, with written authorization of the person concerned or the parents
- A person who requires the certificate for use in a court of law, for adoption, or for settlement of an estate
- An officer of the Crown for official purposes
- A government department approved by the Registrar General of Vital Statistics, when required for legal or other legitimate purposes
Get a Birth Certificate
The Department of Health can provide birth certificates dating back to the creation of Nunavut on April 1st, 1999.
To get a birth certificate, fill out the Application for Certificate form. Make sure that all of your information is correct.
The fee for all birth certificates is $10.00 per certificate and can be paid by cheque or money order made payable to the Government of Nunavut.
Note: If you are applying for a passport you will need the large birth certificate.
Mail completed forms to the following address:
Nunavut Vital Statistics
Department of Health
Rankin Inlet, NU
Phone: (867) 645-8001
Fax: (867) -645-8092
Toll Free: (800) 661-0833