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Trans people can change sex designation on birth certificate without surgery

October 18, 2012

Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow trans people to change the sex designation on their birth registration and certificate without surgery. While provincial policy previously required proof of “transsexual surgery” to make changes, an individual can now request the change with a letter from a physician or psychologist.

This policy change follows an April 2012 Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision in which the previous practice was found discriminatory.

For information about requesting a change to the sex designation on birth registrations and certificates, please visit the ServiceOntario website.

For previous Mental Health Notes coverage of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision, you can visit the August 2, 2012 issue of MHN.

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