Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 17: Language and Culture (13-17)


June 22, 2017

For the next five years, the ministry will waive the fees for Indigenous people residing in Ontario who wish to reclaim their traditional names. For those born in Ontario but living elsewhere, we will also waive the fee for one updated birth certificate and one updated certified copy of their birth registration following their name change to a traditional name made outside of Ontario. In addition, recent changes to Ontario laws also allow a birth to be registered with, or a person to have their name changed to, a single name. To be eligible, the single name must be in accordance with the person’s traditional culture. The changes are aimed at helping residential school survivors and their families reclaim traditional names.