Ontario Launching Consultations to Make IDs and Forms Inclusive
Government Seeking Input on Collection and Use of Sex and Gender Information
The province is seeking public input on how to collect, retain and display sex and gender information on government IDs and forms to ensure Ontario the fair, ethical and equitable treatment of people with trans and non-binary gender identity.
Feedback can be provided online by visiting Ontario.ca/myID. The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2016.
Ontario is looking for feedback about:
- How the government should collect, use, retain and display information about a person's sex and gender
- Use of a third gender identifier (e.g., X) for people who do not identify exclusively as male or female
- How to create greater consistency in the use of gender and/or sex information across Ontario government forms and products
Ontario's changes to be more inclusive of gender diversity are part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- Earlier in June, the government announced changes to health cards and driver’s licences to ensure the fair, ethical and equitable treatment of people with trans and non-binary gender identity.
- Customers who want a health card without a sex identifier before their regular renewal date can now get one by calling 1-866-532-3161, TTY 1-800-387-5559 or at any ServiceOntario centre. There is no fee to get a new health card.
- In early 2017, driver's licence holders will be given the option to display an 'X' on their card as their gender identifier if they do not exclusively identify as male or female. When available, there will not be a fee to get a driver’s licence with an ‘X’.
- Policy development on the collection, use and display of gender and sex information on official documents will consider inter-jurisdictional transferability.
- Some other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Nepal, use an ‘X’ in addition to an ‘M’ or ‘F’ on government records when gender is non-binary. It is a standard accepted by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which promotes consistency among travel documents.
- Find a ServiceOntario centre nearest you online at ServiceOntario.ca/FindServices.
“Our government is working hard to make its documents work better for Ontarians and reflect their lived gender. Input from the public and stakeholders are essential to make sure we take into account the changing understanding of sex and gender across the province.”