Notice – New “X” gender designation coming to IRCC documents

Ottawa, August 31, 2017— As announced by Minister Hussen on August 24, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working to introduce an “X” gender designation in its citizenship, immigration and travel documents.

As of today, IRCC will offer interim measures to those requesting an “X” designation in their Canadian citizenship and/or immigration document, passport or other travel document.

An “X” will make it easier for people who do not identify as male or female to acquire documents with a gender designation that better reflects their gender identity.

Introducing the “X” designation into all of IRCC’s documents and systems will take time, as the Department and partner organizations (other government departments, provinces and territories) must make significant changes to their technological systems and ensure the necessary policy, security and program measures are in place. IRCC will continue to work with its partners to ensure this change is well coordinated.

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