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Olivia and Liam most popular baby names in Ontario second year in a row

Thursday, December 19, 2013   by: Kate Adams

Service Ontario

News Release

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Olivia and Liam are the most popular names for girls and boys born in Ontario for the second year in a row.

Olivia has been the favourite name for girls since 2008, followed by the same second, third and fourth place names from last year — Emma, Sophia and Ava. Emily joins the ranks to round out the top five. For boys, Ethan, Jacob and Lucas once again took spots two through four, with Benjamin coming in at five.

Ontario gives parents up to one year to register their newborn’s birth online.

Through the easy-to-use 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle, they can register their child’s birth and apply for their birth certificate, social insurance number and Canada child benefits, including the Ontario child benefit, in one easy step. Birth certificates ordered online are guaranteed to be mailed within 15 business days or they’re free.

Making it easier for families to access important government services when and where they need them is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUOTES

“Parents can register their newly named babies online from the comfort of their own homes. By making it more convenient for families to access our services, we are helping new parents focus on what’s really important.”
— John Milloy, Minister of Government Services

QUICK FACTS

  •   More than 99.5 per cent of birth certificates ordered online have been delivered on time.
  •   The Ontario Registrar General compiles annual lists of given baby names from registered births in the province for the previous year.
  •   ServiceOntario’s 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle was the first of its kind in Canada when it launched in 2007. Since then, more than 720,000 newborns have been registered in Ontario using the service.
  •   The Ontario child benefit provides up to $1,210 per child per year for nearly one million children to support Ontario families.

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