As of July 4, Canadians can now choose gender “X” on their passports
Equality and respect for people of all diversities, regardless of identity
Canadian citizens and residents deserve to be respected and have the opportunity to live according to their own identity. As of today, individuals who do not identify exclusively as female or male can have an “X” printed on their passport, travel document, citizenship certificate or permanent resident card.
Those who would like to replace their current documents with gender “X” can do so with no fee until June 4, 2020.
To learn more, visit the following pages:
- Choose or update the gender identifier on your passport or travel document
- Application for a Citizenship Certificate for Adults and Minors
- Apply for, renew or replace a Permanent Resident card
Canada is committed to ensuring the gender identity, diversity and inclusivity of Canadian citizens and residents are respected. Canada has continually improved consistency on how programs and services collect, use and display sex and gender information while fully respecting Canadians’ privacy and safety.
For more information on gender diversity in the Government:
- Modernizing the Government of Canada’s Sex and Gender Information Practices: summary report
- LGBTQ2 Secretariat: Making programs and policies more inclusive
- Statistics Canada: Gender and sex variables
The Government of Canada also states “We can’t guarantee that other countries you visit or travel through will accept the sex or gender identifier on your passport or travel document.”
“Check with our local Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate in the countries you plan to visit or travel through to make sure you understand their entry requirements.
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