Policy

Gender Equity in Federal ID Initiative

"Due to regressive, invasive and non-supportive systems, many trans and non-binary Canadians face great difficulty changing the gender marker on their official identification."

Gender Equity in Federal ID Initiative

Due to regressive, invasive and non-supportive systems, many trans and non-binary Canadians face great difficulty changing the gender marker on their official identification. Displaying gender on ID and collecting individual-specific data on gender is itself a remnant of a time when important rights, such as property ownership and voting, were gender-dependent. We can do better.

That’s why a Jagmeet Singh-led government will immediately ensure gender appropriate federal ID is available and easily accessible. This will:

  • Allow applicants to self-declare gender, and include a non-binary gender option X on federal documents, including passports and immigration identification, without requiring medical documentation or additional fees to update already issued ID

  • Update the Secure Air Travel Act and remove the regulatory requirement for individuals to possess gender markers on their ID in order to board aircrafts to allow provinces the freedom to remove gender completely on ID they issue

  • Ensure LGBTQI2S+ competency training is part of general training for Canadian Border Service Agents and RCMP, including specific training on gender identity and expression

  • Play a leadership role internationally by advocating at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, which regulates travel documents, to remove the requirement for gender markers on travel documents internationally

  • Require federal agencies that do collect gender information to do so separately from individual identification and include a non-binary option X to ensure gender data is not connected to a specific individual

  • Update the Census to include questions specific to the LGBTQI2S+ community to ensure data is available for further research and policy initiatives at the federal, provincial and municipal level  

  • Work with provinces to remove gender fields from provincial ID, and ensure that the same self-identification standards and barrier-free access principles are respected