Giving Birth in Canada – Benefits, Costs, birth registeration

Giving Birth in Canada – Benefits, Costs, birth registration

Canada is a developed country with an excellent health care system. Its citizens enjoy major health benefits and childbirth is one of them. Canada is also one of the few developed countries that allow ‘Baby Tourism’ or ‘Birth Tourism’.

This automatically makes any child born in Canada a Canadian citizen. This child will have rights to all of the benefits that Canadian citizens enjoy such as; free health care services.

How much does having a baby cost in Canada with or without insurance?

Canada has public healthcare in the form of a state-funded system. You can access this healthcare system if you’re a citizen or permanent resident. With it, the costs of having a baby range from being completely free to costing a couple of hundred dollars for private rooms.

To access public facilities without paying out-of-pocket, you must be insured under the provincial health plan of your province or territory. However, tourists and visitors will have to pay out-of-pocket unless they have international health insurance that covers maternity services.

According to a news report by cbc, doctors can set their own prices and these prices can range from  $3,000 up to $25,000 to $30,000 to have a baby. $15,000 is the estimated cost to pay for delivery at a hospital without additional fees.

This does not include hospital fees, which could range from $1,500 to $2,000 a night. It doesn’t include the costs for an anesthesiologist if needed, or costs if the baby needs to be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit.

What documents do I need to have a baby in Canada?

When you go to the hospital to have your baby, you should bring copies of the following documents:

  • Your medical records
  • Your birth plan.
  • Insurance cards and/or healthcare coverage.
  • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN), if applicable. 
  • Your passports and visas.

What to Do After Your Child’s Birth in Canada?

Registration of Your Child’s Birth in Canada

There are a variety of ways to register your baby’s birth in Canada, including online registration. Online registration is quick and easy, but you should be aware that different provinces follow different processes. For example in Ontario, the baby should be registered within 30 days. When you register online you can also register for your baby’s birth certificate, and social insurance number and sign up for Canada’s child benefits.

How to Apply for the Child’s Canadian Passport

After the birth registration, you can start applying for your baby’s passport.

To do this, you will have to:

  • Complete the Government of Canada form.
  • Provide your baby’s birth certificate.
  • Provide two photographs for the passport.
  • Get a representative (the representative could be a doctor that observed your child in the first days after birth). 
  • Pay the stipulated fees. 
  • Send the documents by courier or mail service with tracking, to:

Government of Canada

Passport Program

Gatineau, QC K1A 0G3


Application Process

 If you are an expectant mother, you may be interested in applying for a Temporary Resident Visa. This visa allows you to come to Canada as a visitor and has the same requirements as a regular tourist visa except that the sole purpose is for childbirth. T

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