Gender Neutral Birth Certificate Application Forms Now Available Online
Service NL Registrar of Vital Statistics Ken Mullaley (left) presents Gemma Hickey with a gender-neutral birth certificate.
Individuals wishing to apply for a gender-neutral birth certificate can now access the required forms on the Service NL website at www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/birth/changing_your_sex_designation/.
Service NL made a policy change in September to allow individuals to choose an X on their birth certificate. An amendment to the Vital Statistics Act, which eliminated the requirement for those 16 years of age and older to provide a statement from a designated professional with their application for a gender-neutral birth certificate, received Royal Assent on December 7, 2017. No changes were made for applications related to children under age 16.
Information pertaining to the sex of an individual will continue to be collected at birth, in an effort to maintain vital data that is valuable for a population. Personal health service decisions and gender aggregated data is important for informing government policy and programs such as those related to medications or treatments that differ for each sex.
Service NL does not require a fee for an individual to change their birth record to reflect gender-neutrality. However, the fee to obtain an official copy of a new birth certificate is $35 if applying by mail or in person, or $30 if applying online.