Process for obtaining ID should be streamlined

Opinion Dec 06, 2017 by Paul Miller Stoney Creek News

Hello, friends and neighbours.

November certainly flew by and it seems as though Christmas is just around the corner. Over this past month, I was glad to get the chance to talk with many of you about issues that are important in our community. From the income security town hall to meeting with the Campaign for Change injured workers support group, there was much to be discussed. I particularly enjoyed participating in the Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade again this year as it is always an exciting event.

For today’s article, I thought I would focus on the need to revise the process in place for acquiring personal identification cards and documents. There are many in Hamilton East and Stoney Creek for whom this has been a pressing issue. Not everyone drives a car, not everyone travels abroad, and documents can easily be misplaced or stolen. Everyone needs identification to do many important things such as: use health services, rent an apartment, take out a bank loan, and the list goes on.

On a daily basis, I have individuals that come into my constituency office on Queenston Road asking how to go through the process of acquiring a health card, birth certificate, passport, or government-issued photo identification card. The problem is that acquiring these pieces of identification from Service Ontario can be very difficult.

Often, in order to obtain identification, you need identification. It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t have a health card, birth certificate, or passport, it is difficult to get the photo ID card that will allow you to get your health card, birth certificate, or passport. Even if you have expired identification, those are deemed unacceptable. While there are exceptions in this process, there are many people in our area who cannot acquire necessary identification.

To make matters even more complicated, the process for getting identification can be expensive and time consuming. In many cases, individuals are forced to visit Service Ontario many times, often without success. Hundreds of dollars in processing fees and months of waiting can be difficult for those needing something as essential as immediate health care.

I personally believe that there is a real opportunity for our provincial government to ensure that we make acquiring personal identification more accessible to those who need it. This will likely mean providing more support for the hardworking individuals at Service Ontario.

While it is important that we maintain strong security measures to ensure that no one takes advantage of this process, it is also very important that we make sure that no Ontarian suffers simply because they don’t have the right piece of plastic in their wallet.

New Democratic Party MPP Paul Miller is the representative for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

Process for obtaining ID should be streamlined

Everyone needs government-issed identification, but application process can be difficult

Opinion Dec 06, 2017 by Paul Miller Stoney Creek News

Hello, friends and neighbours.

November certainly flew by and it seems as though Christmas is just around the corner. Over this past month, I was glad to get the chance to talk with many of you about issues that are important in our community. From the income security town hall to meeting with the Campaign for Change injured workers support group, there was much to be discussed. I particularly enjoyed participating in the Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade again this year as it is always an exciting event.

For today’s article, I thought I would focus on the need to revise the process in place for acquiring personal identification cards and documents. There are many in Hamilton East and Stoney Creek for whom this has been a pressing issue. Not everyone drives a car, not everyone travels abroad, and documents can easily be misplaced or stolen. Everyone needs identification to do many important things such as: use health services, rent an apartment, take out a bank loan, and the list goes on.

On a daily basis, I have individuals that come into my constituency office on Queenston Road asking how to go through the process of acquiring a health card, birth certificate, passport, or government-issued photo identification card. The problem is that acquiring these pieces of identification from Service Ontario can be very difficult.

Often, in order to obtain identification, you need identification. It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t have a health card, birth certificate, or passport, it is difficult to get the photo ID card that will allow you to get your health card, birth certificate, or passport. Even if you have expired identification, those are deemed unacceptable. While there are exceptions in this process, there are many people in our area who cannot acquire necessary identification.

To make matters even more complicated, the process for getting identification can be expensive and time consuming. In many cases, individuals are forced to visit Service Ontario many times, often without success. Hundreds of dollars in processing fees and months of waiting can be difficult for those needing something as essential as immediate health care.

I personally believe that there is a real opportunity for our provincial government to ensure that we make acquiring personal identification more accessible to those who need it. This will likely mean providing more support for the hardworking individuals at Service Ontario.

While it is important that we maintain strong security measures to ensure that no one takes advantage of this process, it is also very important that we make sure that no Ontarian suffers simply because they don’t have the right piece of plastic in their wallet.

New Democratic Party MPP Paul Miller is the representative for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

Process for obtaining ID should be streamlined

Everyone needs government-issed identification, but application process can be difficult

Opinion Dec 06, 2017 by Paul Miller Stoney Creek News

Hello, friends and neighbours.

November certainly flew by and it seems as though Christmas is just around the corner. Over this past month, I was glad to get the chance to talk with many of you about issues that are important in our community. From the income security town hall to meeting with the Campaign for Change injured workers support group, there was much to be discussed. I particularly enjoyed participating in the Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade again this year as it is always an exciting event.

For today’s article, I thought I would focus on the need to revise the process in place for acquiring personal identification cards and documents. There are many in Hamilton East and Stoney Creek for whom this has been a pressing issue. Not everyone drives a car, not everyone travels abroad, and documents can easily be misplaced or stolen. Everyone needs identification to do many important things such as: use health services, rent an apartment, take out a bank loan, and the list goes on.

On a daily basis, I have individuals that come into my constituency office on Queenston Road asking how to go through the process of acquiring a health card, birth certificate, passport, or government-issued photo identification card. The problem is that acquiring these pieces of identification from Service Ontario can be very difficult.

Often, in order to obtain identification, you need identification. It’s a vicious circle. If you don’t have a health card, birth certificate, or passport, it is difficult to get the photo ID card that will allow you to get your health card, birth certificate, or passport. Even if you have expired identification, those are deemed unacceptable. While there are exceptions in this process, there are many people in our area who cannot acquire necessary identification.

To make matters even more complicated, the process for getting identification can be expensive and time consuming. In many cases, individuals are forced to visit Service Ontario many times, often without success. Hundreds of dollars in processing fees and months of waiting can be difficult for those needing something as essential as immediate health care.

I personally believe that there is a real opportunity for our provincial government to ensure that we make acquiring personal identification more accessible to those who need it. This will likely mean providing more support for the hardworking individuals at Service Ontario.

While it is important that we maintain strong security measures to ensure that no one takes advantage of this process, it is also very important that we make sure that no Ontarian suffers simply because they don’t have the right piece of plastic in their wallet.

New Democratic Party MPP Paul Miller is the representative for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.