Transgender Ontarians Can Change Birth Certificates Without Surgery

Transgender Ontarians Can Change Birth Certificates Without Surgery

Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow transgender people to change the gender on their birth certificates without sex reassignment surgery.

“It’s a huge decision. It’s a remarkably positive decision. This is an important victory,” Susan Gapka, chair of the Trans Lobby Group, told the Star on Thursday.

The new rules, published this week, mean a transgender person can apply to ServiceOntario for a new birth certificate with only a letter from a physician or psychologist.

Previously, the Vital Statistics Act required proof of “transsexual surgery.”

Ontario was acting on a ruling in April from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Related: Illinois to remove genital surgery requirements for birth certificate changes



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