Gender Marker – Nova Scotia

Birth Certificate
As of early 2019, persons with birth certificates issued in Nova Scotia are now able to change their gender designation on their birth certificates to F, X, or M. You may also opt not to have a ‘sex indicator’ shown on your birth certificate. The manner in which to apply to change your sex designation remains age-dependent.

Nova Scotia allows for a change of sex designation on birth certificates, in an age-dependent manner. There is no requirement to have gender-confirming surgery to change your gender marker.

In all cases, the applicant must complete the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must have been born in Nova Scotia or have been ordinarily resident in the province for the 3 months preceding the application; and
  2. An application for a Change of Name or Change of Sex Indicator Application Formand
  3. A statutory declaration that the person requesting the change identifies with the gender identity indicated; and
  4. If you were born within Canada, all previously issued birth certificates along with proof of residency; or
  5. If you were born outside of Canada, you must submit immigration documents alongside proof of residency.

The above requirements, along with the prescribed fees must be submitted to Vital Statistics in person, via mail or fax.

In each case, the processing time takes approximately 3 to 5 weeks.

16 Years of Age or Older
If the applicant is 16 years of age or older, they must complete the Change of Name or Change of Sex Indicator Application Form.

Under 16 Years of Age
If the applicant is below 16 years of age, their guardian must complete the Change of Name or Change of Sex Indicator Application Form. The application also contains parental/guardian consent papers that must be completed. If applicable, an original court order to dispense with this requirement may be included with the application.

Sources: Nova Scotia Vital Statistics Act; Nova Scotia Vital Statistics – Change of Name or Change of Sex Indicator Application FormNew Gender Identity Option for Birth Certificates.

Health Cards
As of February 11, 2019, Nova Scotia residents can now opt to remove the sex designation/gender marker from their Nova Scotia health cards. This will not remove or change what is already in the system, but will remove the indicator from the front of the card.

This service is available free of charge.

If you would like to request the removal of your sex designation from your health card, call MSI Registration and Inquiry at 902-496-7008 or 1-800-563-8880 (toll free in Nova Scotia). Forms are also available for download.

Sources: Nova Scotia MSI – Health Cards.