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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.

JusticeTrans’ Statement on Bill C-8 (prohibition of “conversion therapy”)

On 9 March 2020, Bill C-8 (An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)) underwent its first reading in Parliament. Bill C-8 is meant to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to criminalize conversion therapy, and in so doing has proposed narrow definitions of what constitutes conversion therapy – limiting it to act of active “conversion” and excluding acts such as discouraging or delaying the adoption of a gender not assigned at birth. For example, attempts by medical practitioners to delay or restrict a person’s transition would not be covered. Consequently, JusticeTrans has chosen to sign an open letter to Minister of Justice, David Lametti, and Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth, Bardish Chagger, requesting that the Act be amended to be more inclusive of all forms of conversion therapies and other acts that aim to deny the gender identity of a trans person.

At the same time, we recognize that marginalized communities are disproportionately affected by the criminal justice system and that their access to justice is often limited. This is especially true for those trans people who are black, indigenous, people of colour, transfeminine, and/or sex workers. Furthermore, we recognize that the criminal law is a significantly limited tool for instituting the social change necessary to advance the acceptance of trans identities. While we have signed this open letter, JusticeTrans also stands with black-led calls to defund the police and abolish the criminal punishment system. More work is needed in all aspects of society to build a better future for trans people. The proposed amendment, if modified to broaden the definition of conversion therapy, is only one step toward improving and safeguarding trans lives.

Passport

The Federal Government announced in June that the ‘X’ option would become available on Canadian passports. The Federal Passport page has been updated to reflect this. Due to the highly specific nature of individual situations, it is best to refer to the Government website. The previous information on passport changes will remain on the site for the next 6-8 weeks, for reference.

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.