Canada to have allow gender-neutral passports, will have new option 'X'

Claudine Rigal
Août 25, 2017

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an "X" gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) "to support LGBTQQIP2SAAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous, asexual and ally) rights and advance the Government's agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion".

Canadians who do not identify as male or female will soon be able to mark "X" on their passports, instead of "M" or "F", the federal government announced late Thursday.

Earlier this summer, Parliament passed a bill which amended the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in an attempt to curb a surge of illegal migrants, had also recently said that there is no apparent advantage for asylum seekers who evade checkpoints in order to enter Canada.

By the end of the month, you will be allowed to have a neutral gender on your Canadian passport and immigration documents. "By introducing an "X" gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression".

The country's immigration minister Ahmed Hussen said that the new rules, effective from August 31, would allow Canadians to express their gender identity as they see fit.

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