Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information/Andrew GriffithThe new data, compiled by Andrew Griffith, a former senior director of the federal Immigration Department, comes from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, which captures billing information directly from hospitals up until the end of March. It doesn't include births in Quebec.
Article content continuedSt. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver is also fast turning into a hub for birth citizenship, experiencing a 38 per cent rise in births by non resident women, one in seven of the total.
Virtually no country outside North and South America provides citizenship to babies solely because they're born on their soil.
The newly released figures show there were 4,400 births in Canada in the past year to non resident mothers, an overall hike of seven per cent. Ontario doctors still preside over the most non resident births, 3,109, with one hospital in Toronto, Humber River, having a sudden jump of more than 119 per cent.