New Ontario birth certificate promises greater security

Embedded features expected to reduce fraud, identity theft

New Ontario birth certificates will begin rolling out Wednesday.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled the new design March 10, at a Toronto hospital.

They will be constructed out of the same polymer material used to make bank notes and, according to the provincial government, this will make them more difficult to counterfeit.

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The birth certificates will also include a number of other security features such as raised print, transparent windows and images that shift colours.

These documents will be easier to clean and more durable than their older, paper counterparts. They are claimed by officials to have a lifetime guarantee with regular use.

Wynne hopes that by implementing these newer, more secure documents it will make life easier for Ontarians, and help protect them from identity theft and fraud.

Current birth certificates are still valid and do not need replacement.