6. Is abortion legal in Canada?
In Canada, abortion is legal between 4 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in some cases even longer. There are usually several reasons why women decide to have an abortion. Some of these are:
•Not being ready to raise a child.
•Lack of partner's support, absence of a partner, being in an abusive relationship.
•Need to complete education or keep a job.
•Having to raise other children.
•Financial situation and the lack of social support.
•Pregnancies caused by incest or rape.
The woman is not obliged to explain why she wants to have an abortion. Abortions are performed in a medical center or in a hospital under the direction of the family doctor. For persons with a health insurance card, abortion is free of charge. In the absence of insurance an abortion can cost between 500 and 1,000 dollars. This operation takes approximately 10 minutes. The procedure is only effective in terminating an existing pregnancy does not prevent a new pregnancy.
7. How much do I have to pay for childbirth if I do not have health insurance?
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ontario pays for midwife services even if you do not have OHIP, but you have to pay up to $100 for tests. Childbirth in a hospital if it is a low-risk birth usually costs $500, and high-risk births can cost up to $5,000. If you have private insurance, then it should offer coverage for pregnancy and childbirth. Midwives for observation and treatment before and after the baby is born you can get free from Community Health Centre depending on your financial situation. To find Community Health Centre call 1-866-532-3161. Also, free assistance is provided by the organization "Diversity Midwives". In the absence of health insurance and if there is a low-risk birth, it is often better to give birth at home with the help of a midwife. Some midwifery clinics serve pregnant women who do not have OHIP. If you do not have OHIP, contact the midwifery clinic serving your area and find out whether you can receive their services.
Source: How much does it cost to get care from a midwife?
8. Where can I obtain a birth certificate?
A child's birth certificate is necessary in order to get all the benefits and programs provided in Canada for your child: to obtain financial assistance, get a social insurance number, a health card, driver’s license, passport, etc. To obtain a birth certificate you must first get a Statement of Live Birth, which is issued by the hospital, or if the child was born at home, the Statement of Live Birth may be issued by a certified midwife. To get a birth certificate you then should visit the Office of the Registrar General. Also you can use the 4-in-1 Newborn Bundle which includes: Birth Registration, Birth Certificate, Social Insurance Number and Canada Child Benefits.
9. Where can I find sources of additional information about family planning in Canada?
Pregnancy and parental leave www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/pregnancy.php.
Employment insurance maternity and parental benefits
10. Are there any Canadian sources in other languages?
Giving Birth in a New Land. A Guide for Women New to Canada and Their Families www.beststart.org/resources/rep_health/newcomer/newcomer_guide_english.pdf.
Information for parents