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Bundled Birth Service

As a new parent, the Bundled Birth Service provides an easy and efficient way for you to access government services related to the birth of your child. When you complete the birth registration form using the electronic kiosks located in each of the regional hospitals and the IWK, you can also apply for the following services:

  • The baby's Social Insurance Number (SIN) with Service Canada;
  • Canada Child Benefits (CCB) with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA);
  • Activation of the baby's Nova Scotia Health Card; and,
  • The baby's Nova Scotia Birth Certificate (fee).

Bundled Birth Service Options

Registering the birth of your baby and accessing related government services has never been quicker or easier.

Complete Birth Registration Form (Mandatory, No Fee)

Every birth in Nova Scotia must be registered with Nova Scotia Vital Statistics within 30 days. A birth certificate cannot be issued until your baby's birth has been registered. When you complete the birth registration form using the electronic kiosk, you can also apply for any of the following services, in one, easy to use application.

Apply for Your Baby's Social Insurance Number (No Fee)

It is never too early to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) for your baby. The SIN is a nine-digit number that is needed to work in Canada or to access government programs and benefits. With a SIN, you can start saving for your baby's education through such programs as the Canada Learning Bond, Registered Education Savings Plan, or the Canada Education Savings Grant.

If you choose not to apply for the SIN during the birth registration process, you must apply directly through Service Canada. Your birth certificate and your baby's birth certificate may be required.

Apply for Your Baby's Canada Child Benefits (No Fee)

To qualify for Canada Child Benefits (CCB), you must be the biological mother of the baby and a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident and primarily responsible for the care and upbringing of your child. If you consent to apply for CCB, the necessary information will be sent electronically over a secure communications network to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) who determines your eligibility for:

  • Canada Child Benefit;
  • The GST/HST credit (for your baby); and
  • Any related provincial/territorial benefit program administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
If you choose not to apply for these benefits during the birth registration process, you will need to apply separately through the Canada Revenue Agency. A copy of your baby's birth certificate and other documents may be required.

Apply to Activate Your Baby's Nova Scotia Health Card (No Fee)

A Nova Scotia Health Card gives your baby access to Nova Scotia's Health Insurance Programs. You can use this service to activate the number. When MSI receives your request, they activate the baby's health card number and mail the health card to the biological mother's address.

If you choose not to activate your baby's health card number using the kiosk, you will need to contact MSI directly.

Apply for Your Baby's Nova Scotia Birth Certificate (Optional, Fee Required)

You will need your baby's birth certificate for many official purposes such as applying for a passport or registering for school. Applying at the kiosk is quick and easy. You can pay by credit card or with Interac® Online.

A Nova Scotia birth certificate is available online in short form and long form. A short form birth certificate works for many purposes, but not all purposes. For example, if you plan on applying for a passport for your child, it is recommended that you select a long form birth certificate.

Birth Registration Kiosk Locations

The electronic bundled birth service is available at each of these locations:

IWK Health Centre
5850/5980 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Sydney Site)
1482 George St., Sydney, NS B1P 1P3

Valley Regional Hospital
150 Exhibition Street, Kentville, NS B4N 5E3

Colchester Regional Hospital
207 Willow Street, Truro, NS B2N 5A1
902-893-4321 Switchboard or
1-800-460-2110 (Toll Free in NS)

St. Martha's Regional Hospital
25 Bay Street, Antigonish, NS B2G 2G5

Yarmouth Regional Hospital
60 Vancouver Street, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P5

Aberdeen Hospital
835 East River Road, New Glasgow, NS B2H 3S6

South Shore Regional Hospital
90 Glen Allan Drive, Bridgewater, NS B4V 3S6

Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
19428 Highway #2, Amherst, NS B4H 1N6
Phone: 902-667-3361

What You Need to Bring to the Hospital

When you are packing in preparation for your hospital stay please consider including some of these important details. To help prevent processing delays, you should have access to certain information to complete the birth registration form and other bundled birth service applications.

To register your baby's birth you will need:

  • Biological mother's birth information including:
    • Maiden surname, first and second names, and all other given names
    • Place of birth
    • Date of birth
  • Father / Other Parent information including:
    • Surname, first and second names, and all other given names
    • Place of birth

To apply for your baby's Canada Child Benefits you will need:

  • Biological mother's Social Insurance Number

To apply to activate your baby's Nova Scotia Health Card (MSI) you will need:

  • Biological mother's health card number

To apply for your baby's birth certificate you will need:

  • A valid credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express) or your debit card

For information on other helpful items to bring with you to the hospital, please refer to the Family Information Booklet provided by the IWK.