Yukon birth certificate born again, much bigger

Unless your wallet is the size of a novel, you won't be carrying your birth certificate in it any longer.

Unless your wallet is the size of a novel, you won’t be carrying your birth certificate in it any longer.

The 13-centimetre-by-18-centimetre plastic document, adopted by the Yukon government on Friday, is designed to discourage residents from keeping it in their purse or wallet.

This reduces the chances of theft or loss.

That’s one of the security features of the new, bigger birth certificate, “truly one of the most secure documents in the world,” according to the government’s website.

It also has clear maple leaves that become visible when you move the card, the word “Canada” is threaded into the document and colour-shifting printing – text that changes from purple to green depending on the direction of the light.

Third-level forensic features help determine the document’s validity, while the other features make it harder to forge, said Sylvia Kitching, registrar for vital statistics.

It also uses “rough-to-the-touch” tactile printing done on machinery that builds the text into the paper.

Some specific forensic features are not being revealed, but one uses black-light technology to read invisible information on the card.

The Yukon government’s site states many certificates are lost or stolen every month.

“The police have arrested people who have had significant numbers of documents, sometimes owned by hundreds of people at a time, in their possession. We know that there is a criminal element out there that very specifically is going after identification theft, from which they create different documents to use in the commission of fraud.”

However, the Canadian Anti-fraud Call Centre reported only seven identity theft victims in the territory in 2006.

Since the terrorist attacks in New York, Canada became more protective of citizens’ personal security.

“After September 2001, the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for vital statistics requested a security review of the current birth certificate documents,” according to the government’s website.

This is the first time the territorial birth certificate has been updated since 1983.

Residents don’t need to trade their old one for a new card, which still cost $10 even though the production is a few cents more.

The government is not stating how much the new birth certificate has cost Yukon because it varies with volume, said Kitching.

The base card is printed at the Canadian Bank Note Company in Ottawa and the information is printed onto the card in Whitehorse.

Yukon is the ninth jurisdiction to get an improved birth certificate after Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick.

Contact Larissa Robyn Johnston at larissaj@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

asdf
EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

asdf
Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read