The SINs of Birth Certificates.

Well, fucked that up.

Ontario has a lovely 4-in-1 process for registering your newborn, getting a SIN, birth certificate, the works.  This process combines four things:

  1. Newborn registration
  2. Birth certificate
  3. SIN registration
  4. CRA credits registration

It’s a great idea: you leverage economies of scale when doing Step 1, and this information automagically feeds into Steps 2, 3, and 4.  To do the latter three items you normally have to have a wack of certified documentation to prove that you are who you say you are.  Understandably, this prevents fraud, etc.

However, if you only complete Step 1 and have to abort to continue later, you can not use the same service for Steps 2, 3, or 4.  This is nonsensical to me.  While I can appreciate not building the infrastructure to “save and continue later,” Step 1 does give you a confirmation number.  It should be trivial to use that confirmation number as an input to Step 2, and continue where you left off.  Alas, this is not the case.

This means, I have to wait 4-8 weeks for Step 1 to complete (i.e. receive the requisite documentation in the mail), before I can proceed with Steps 2, 3, and 4.  And then each of those steps takes 16 weeks..  In total, an 8 week process has now expanded to:

  • 8 weeks for Step 1
  • 16 weeks for Step 2
  • 8 weeks for Steps 3 and 4 (which can presumably be done in parallel); worst case: 16 weeks, 8 weeks each

This is a far cry from:

  • 8 weeks for Steps 1-4 if done at the same time (i.e. not aborting to continue later)

By aborting to continue later, I have effectively added 32 weeks to the process.

Ffs.

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The SINs of Birth Certificates.

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