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OHRC welcomes new procedures for changing sex designation on birth registration for minors

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December 15, 2014

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The Government of Ontario has taken another important step in its work to remove barriers and advance the human rights of transgender people.

The OHRC welcomes Ontario’s new procedures and forms allowing for changing sex designation on the birth registration of minors.

Parents or legal guardians and a physician or psychologist (including a psychological associate) need to agree the change is appropriate. The child must agree as well. Youth age 16 and 17 can decide for themselves and follow the same procedure for adults.

The changes reflect some of the issues we raised in a submission to the government in August 2014. They also appear in keeping with the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression, the international Yogyakarta Principles, recent case law and changes in other jurisdictions.

The OHRC looks forward to learning how the new procedure works for the community.