Gender Marker – New Brunswick

Birth Certificates
In New Brunswick, it is permissible to change your gender marker without having undergone SRS, as per sections 34 and 34.1 of the New Brunswick Vital Statistics Act. Adults must have been born in New Brunswick, or currently reside in New Brunswick. Children must have been born in New Brunswick, or must be currently residing with a parent in New Brunswick.

For adults (those aged 16 or older), the Change of Sex Designation – Adult form must be completed. The applicant must also provide (1) a written statement that they have assumed, identify with, and intend to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with their request; and (2) a written statement from a healthcare professional which affirms that the sex shown on the applicant’s birth certificate does not correspond with the applicant’s gender identity. Acceptable healthcare professionals are: physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, or social workers, who are lawfully entitled to practice their profession.

All previously issued birth certificates must be returned along with the application. Any documents which are not in English or French must be provided with a certified translation.

Notably, there is no fee for changing your gender marker, and a new short form birth certificate will be provided free of charge.

For Children (age 15 or younger), the Change of Sex Designation – Child form must be completed. There are a number of documents which are required in addition to the form:

  1. The written consent of every person who has care/custody of the child. In the event that said consent cannot be obtained, proof must be provided that notification has been provided to all other parents of their rights and their right to object to the change. An applicant may also make an application to the court to dispense with the consent aspect.
  2. Where the child is aged 12 years or older, they must provide a written and witnessed statement that they have assumed, identity with, and intend to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the request.
  3. A written statement provided by a healthcare professional; they must be either a physician or psychologist who is lawfully entitled to practice in their profession. The statement must confirm that they have treated, evaluated, or consulted with the child, and state that in their opinion, the child has the capacity to make an informed decision about submitting a request for a gender marker change; and it must affirm that the sex shown on the child’s birth certificate does not correspond with the child’s gender identity.

All previously issued birth certificates must be returned along with the application. Any documents which are not in English or French must be provided with a certified translation.

Notably, there is no fee for changing your gender marker, and a new short form or long form birth certificate will be provided free of charge.