I want a copy of my “long form” Canadian birth certificate (I was born in Toronto, Ontario), but in order to receive this document, I have to jump through several bureaucratic hoops. Including this one:
If you are applying for a birth certificate for an individual nine years of age or older, guarantor information is required.
A guarantor is someone who has known you (the applicant) personally for at least 2 years during your life, is a Canadian citizen, and is currently serving in or a practicing member in good standing of one of the professions listed below.
The role of the guarantor is to certify that information provided on a birth certificate application is as complete and accurate as possible. If required, a qualified guarantor must also be available to verify the information with the Office of the Registrar General.
[From Do I have a valid guarantor for my birth certificate?-School & Work – Gateway for Individuals – Government of Ontario (Canada)]
From my perspective, this list is very socio-economic class bigoted. While the list of “acceptable” occupations is broad, I don’t understand why only professional class individuals are allowed to “vouch” for me. If you are a carpenter, or a graphic designer, your word is worth shite to the Ontario government. I assume these additional stipulations were added as part of the United States government’s export of Terrorism Theatre, coming to a town hall near you!
These are the professions who are deemed acceptable to the Canadian (Ontario) government:
- Chief of a band recognized under the Indian Act (Canada)
- First Nations police officer
- Justice of the Peace
- Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (MPP)
- Minister of religion authorized under provincial law to perform marriages
- Municipal clerk or treasurer (a member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario)
- Notary public
- Police officer (Municipal, Provincial, RCMP)
- Principal or Vice-Principal (primary or secondary school)
- Professional accountant
- Professional engineer
- Senior administrator (community college or in a CEGEP)
- Senior administrator or professor in a university
- Signing officer of a bank, caisse d’économie, caisse populaire, credit union or trust company.
- Social worker or social service worker
- Teacher in a primary or secondary school
So what if I don’t know a doctor, lawyer or Indian chief?
More importantly, are any of you members of these preferred occupations?
2 thoughts on “Canadian Bureacratic nonsense”
That is ridiculous. Did you try contacting the U.S. Consulate in Toronto? Or better, Dick Durbin’s office in Chicago. Just a thought.
Too bad photographer isn’t a listed occupation. We could probably round up a couple Flickrites to vouch for you.
Yeah, exactly, what are the rules for deciding what is a *reliable* occupation? I’d rather have a Flickr-ite vouch for me than some Justice of the Peace.
I’m sure I’ll find somebody, I was just publicly kvetching.