For the people with unspecified gender, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced to include an ‘X’ gender designation. From August 31, 2017 on wards, candidates unable to depict themselves as either male or female can choose X gender on their passport application. Starting August 31, Canadians will be able to identify as neither male nor female when applying for a passport.
In this regard, the Canadian Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussein said “all Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. By introducing an “X” gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression.”
It is stated that this initiative is a part of the Canadian Government’s objective of supporting LGBTQ2 rights and the agendas of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. While this announcement has been official, there is yet no details described on what the interim measures would include. These measures, however, will only come into effect after the Government can print documents with ‘X’ gender These measures will only be in place until the government can print documents with an ‘X gender, in addition to ‘M’ for male and ‘F’ for female.