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How to Register Yourself as a Parent When Welcoming a Baby Via Surrogate

How to Register Yourself as a Parent When Welcoming a Baby Via Surrogate

By:

Mann Lawyers

Posted March 13, 2023

Registering the birth of a new baby can be done online through the Service Ontario website. With the province’s ‘5-in-1 Newborn Bundle,’ you can register your child’s birth, apply for a birth certificate, a SIN number, Canada Child Benefits and request an Education Savings Referral. When you have a child via a surrogate, there are a few extra steps you should be aware of.

Thanks to the passing of the All Families Are Equal Act, Ontario law recognizes the legal status of all parents, regardless of sexuality, gender identity, means of conception or genetic relation. This significantly eases the process of expanding a family for those using surrogates by eliminating the need to go through a Court adoption process to be recognized as a parent.

Through section 4 of the Children’s Law Reform Act, you may be recognized as a parent to a child conceived through assisted reproduction. Where the child’s birth involves a surrogate, this provision applies without the need of a court Order if you (i) had a surrogacy agreement before the child is conceived, and (ii) the surrogate agrees to give up parental rights no earlier than 7 days after the child is born.

Under the new parentage rules, the delivering person is still listed on the Notice of Live Birth (Form 1) or Stillbirth under “Mother’s Information.” Intended parents can complete the 5-in-1 Newborn Bundle online to be reflected as the parents on their child’s birth certificate.

The intended parents, whether or not they are genetically related to the child, are listed on the Form 2. In the case of surrogacy, this would not include the surrogate and should take place after the surrogate has provided their consent (i.e. completed the Statutory Declaration Form), at least seven days after delivery. Just because the form must be completed at least seven days after delivery does not mean that intended parents need to wait seven days to take over care of their child – parents can step into a care and custody role immediately upon the birth of the child.

Intended parents can register the birth online with Service Ontario as you would any other child.

If the birth involves a surrogate, make sure that you have the following forms completed, signed and commissioned before starting the online registration. You will need to mail them to the Office of the Registrar General to complete the registration.

The statutory declaration specifically requires the existence of a surrogacy agreement. It is therefore important, and often required by fertility clinics that intended parents and their surrogates have a fertility agreement in place prior to any transfers of embryos.

This blog post was written by Michelle Williams, a member of the Family Law team.  She can be reached at 613-369-0362 or at michelle.williams@mannlawyers.com.

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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

I graduated with undergraduate degrees in both Criminology and Family Studies from the University of Western Ontario and went on to obtain my law degree from Queen’s University in 2018. I articled at a mid-sized family law firm in the Greater Toronto Area. After being called to the bar in 2019, I worked at a multiservice firm in Oshawa, Ontario, where I gained ample courtroom experience. I have worked on appeal matters and argued numerous motions both in person and in writing. During the unprecedented court closures in the spring of 2020, I continued to work without pause. I have successfully argued numerous urgent motions that have helped to shape how Ontario courts address family matters such as parenting time, international travel, and children in crisis during COVID-19. Much of my practice following my call to the bar has been comprised of high conflict parenting disputes. This expanded my skills in... Read More

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