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.