Welcome to JusticeTrans

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JusticeTrans’ mission is to increase access to justice for the transgender community across Canada.

JusticeTrans is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2015. Its mission is to increase access to justice for the transgender community across Canada.

JusticeTrans’ vision is to be the most up-to-date website offering legal information about transgender rights across Canada. JusticeTrans will help foster an environment where transgender Canadians are increasingly aware of their legal rights in the face of an ever-changing legal landscape.

Nova Scotia Gender Markers

As of July 9, 2019, Nova Scotians can now update their gender markers on their birth certificate, provincial ID, driver’s license, and health card. Gender markers can be changed to ‘F’, ‘M’, or ‘X’.

If it is your first time changing your gender marker, you can do so free of charge.

The Nova Scotia ‘Gender Marker’ section will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

Edit: Global News article by Dexter Nyuurnibe; Access Nova Scotia – Change Sex Designation.

Join the Board!

Applications for Board positions are currently open! These positions have a start date of July 1, 2019.
 
Open positions are:
– Chair
– Vice-Chair
– General board member
 
To be considered, please forward your resume/CV and a brief (no more than one page) covering letter about your interest in JT and how your previous working/volunteer/lived experiences would contribute to JT.
 
Our email is justicetrans@gmail.com.
 
Applications must be received by May 31, 2019 to be considered.

Nova Scotia School Registry

On March 8, 2019, it was reported that students would soon have the option of self-identifying as ‘x’ on their school records. The Nova Scotia page has been updated to reflect this. For more information, please click here.

BC Supreme Court Ruling

Recently, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a ruling pertaining to a trans-identified youth. The ruling was individual in nature and may be appealed. At the present time, we are refraining from making any adjustments to the site given that it was an individual ruling. However, the ruling is of importance, as it granted the youth the right to change their name without parental consent, to make medical decisions related to their transition without parental consent (as they had the capacity to consent), and went further to say that misgendering or misnaming of the youth would be considered family violence within the context of the BC Family Law Act.

An article has been written about the case here.

We will be following this case closely as it develops.

Holidays

We will be out of office from December 20th, 2018 at 5 pm AST until January 2nd, 2019 at 9 am AST for the holiday season. Emails will not be returned and the site will not be updated during this time.

If a matter is urgent, please refer to the list of trans-positive/knowledgeable legal service providers on the website, which are listed for each province and at the national level.
Have a safe holiday season and see you in the New Year!

Board Member Call

Given the conflict of interest that arisen with a board member, they have chosen to resign.
 
At this time, we are having an open call for board members. If you are skilled in public speaking, technology, and/or law, please send your resume and statement of interest to justicetrans@gmail.com.

November 12, 2018

The website has been updated to reflect recent announcements and changes in British Columbia and Nova Scotia with regard to having an ‘X’ option on birth certificates.

JusticeTrans would also like to acknowledge the Law Foundation of Ontario again. Without their grant, we would not have been able to ensure the continuation of this project. A portion of that grant was set aside for the redevelopment and relaunch of a mobile phone application. Unfortunately, after exhausting all possible avenues, it became apparent that the cost and time required to relaunch the app and maintain it would far exceed our capabilities. That portion of the grant from the LFO has therefore not been accepted.

Our focus going forward is to continue updating the website and ensuring its veracity, as well as promoting JusticeTrans and ensuring the website’s compatibility with all mobile devices.

May 30, 2018

On May 24, 2018, a Saskatchewan judge found that sections 31 and 65 of the Vital Statistics Act 2009 violated section 12 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. As such, the court ordered the government to remove the requirement for gender designations to be present on birth certificates; the age restriction was also ordered to be lifted. The court has given the government 45 days to comply with the order. Saskatchewan’s ‘Gender Marker’ section has been updated to reflect the ruling and the process as it presently stands; we will be watching closely for published changes in the process.