28 AUG 2017: Canada is looking to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, and other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBT rights and advance the Government's agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion.  

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, made the announcement last week, saying, “All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. 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.”

Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex should be identified as “X,” indicating that it is unspecified. Interim measures will be available until IRCC is able to print documents with an “X.”

 

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