Entry #162: Right to change legal gender in Canada

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RegionCanada
IssueRight to change legal gender
Statusvaries
Start Datepast
End DateJan 1, 2014
DescriptionLegal gender change has many different contexts within Canada. Birth certificate is arguably the most recognized authoritative statement of gender. Changes to this document are regulated province by province. Some require proof of surgery for a certificate change, others require a psychologist's statement. For citizens born outside of Canada, recognition is at the federal level in the form of changes to one's certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or passport which at present requires proof of surgery to obtain.
Sourceshttp://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/change_of_sex_designation.html https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/laws/stat/sa-2007-c-v-4.1/latest/sa-2007-c-v-4.1.html http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=30592 http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2012/2012hrto726/2012hrto726.html http://nslegislature.ca/pdfs/proceedings/hansard/61-4/h55nov23.pdf http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/cit/admin/id/change-gender.asp?_ga=1.185131882.2127123025.1418426329


Revision History (4)

Revision by FCBSIX

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End Date9999-12-122014-01-01

Revision by vviet93

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Reports (6)
  • Status is not correct "Nova Scotia no longer requires surgery for gender marker change as of 22 September 2015. reference: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20150408002"
  • Status is not correct "Nova Scotia no longer requires surgery in order to change gender as of September 2015."
  • Status is not correct "Gender marker change in Newfoundland is now legal, with a letter from the Dr treating you/administering HRT. http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/birth/changing_your_sex_designation/index.html"
  • Newer law has been passed "Surgery is no longer required in Ontario. From ontario.ca: "The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered the Government to cease requiring transgender persons to have “transsexual surgery” in order to obtain a change of sex designation on their birth registration. In accordance with the Tribunal’s order, the criteria for changing sex designation on a birth registration have been revised and there is no longer a requirement for “transsexual surgery”. " http://www.ontario.ca/page/changing-your-sex-designation-your-birth-registration-and-birth-certificate "
  • Newer law has been passed "BC and QC have allowed it without Surgery"
  • Status is not correct "Ontario - surgery no longer required to change province docs. Just need letter from your GP."

Revision by imullin01

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NoteThis is not decided at the Federal level, but at the provincial government level.Legal gender change has many different contexts within Canada. Birth certificate is arguably the most recognized authoritative statement of gender. Changes to this document are regulated province by province. Some require proof of surgery for a certificate change, others require a psychologist's statement. For citizens born outside of Canada, recognition is at the federal level in the form of changes to one's certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or passport which at present requires proof of surgery to obtain.
Sources(Needs source.)http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/change_of_sex_designation.html https://www.canlii.org/en/ab/laws/stat/sa-2007-c-v-4.1/latest/sa-2007-c-v-4.1.html http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=30592 http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onhrt/doc/2012/2012hrto726/2012hrto726.html http://nslegislature.ca/pdfs/proceedings/hansard/61-4/h55nov23.pdf http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/cit/admin/id/change-gender.asp?_ga=1.185131882.2127123025.1418426329
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "1) This needs to be changed to "varies by region" as most forms of ID are under provincial jurisdiction. 2) The existing description and sources are largely accurate but for a statement made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that they would no longer be requiring surgical proof on Federal identity documents. Details were not provided. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/cit/admin/id/gender.asp"

Revision by danlev

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  • Status is not correct "Legal gender change has many different contexts within Canada. Birth certificate is arguably the most recognized authoritative statement of gender. Changes to this document are regulated province by province. Some require proof of surgery for a certificate change, others require a psychologist's statement. For citizens born outside of Canada, recognition is at the federal level in the form of changes to one's certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or passport which at present requires proof of surgery to obtain."
  • Other information is incorrect "allowed to change legal gender in all provinces and territories"

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