New Brunswick

New Brunswick

Gender Markers

You will need to submit different documents to change your gender marker depending on your age. There is no fee for this change, and you will be allowed to change your gender marker even if you have not or do not plan on undergoing any gender affirmation surgery. You can change your gender marker to F, M, or X.   

For all ages, you must meet the following requirements:  

  • Any documents not in French or English must be sent with a certified translation  
  • Have been born or currently live (or live with a parent if you are 15 or under) in New Brunswick    

For adults (age 16 or older), follow the following steps:  

  1. Complete the change of sex designation form 
  2. Write a statement confirming your gender identity 
  3. Provide a statement from a health professional (either a physician, psychologist, purse practitioner, registered nurse, or social worker) confirming your gender identity 
  4. Submit these documents, along with all previous birth certificates by mail or in person, to Vital Statistics 

For youth (age 15 or younger), follow the following steps:  

  1. Have your parent complete the change of sex designation form 
  2. Get written consent from anyone who has care or custody of you. If you cannot get this consent, get proof that you have notified any other parent or guardian of their right to object to the change, or apply in court to have the consent requirement removed 
  3. If you are 12 or older, write and have witnessed a statement confirming your gender identity 
  4. Provide a statement from a physician or a psychologist stating that they have evaluated you and that you are able to make an informed decision about changing your gender identity  
  5. Submit these documents, along with all previous birth certificates by mail or in person, to Vital Statistics 

Sources: Service New Brunswick Sex Designation Change 

Human Rights

Gender identity and gender expression are protected under the Human Rights Act of New Brunswick. It is not enough for employers, landlords, and others governed by the Act to “treat everyone equally”. The Act also says that accommodations should be made, as much as reasonably possible, where required for individuals, so that they are not discriminated against. 

If you have been discriminated against due to your gender identity or gender expression in a way that is protected under this Act, you can file a complaint using a form from the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. Note that you will need to file a complaint within one year of the incident, unless you have an extension given by the Commission.  

Source: Human Rights Act of New BrunswickNew Brunswick Human Rights CommissionGuideline on Gender Identity or ExpressionBill 51 – An Act to Amend the Human Rights Act. 

Name Change

You will need to submit different documents to change your name depending on your age. The fee for this change is $115 to $175 depending on the documents you need.   

For all ages, you must meet the following requirements:  

  • Have been a resident of New Brunswick for at least three months, or live with a parent/guardian who has been a resident of New Brunswick for at least three months if you are under 16 
  • If you were born in Canada, you must submit your original birth certificate(s), including a long form birth certificate if you are requesting a change to your last name and were born in New Brunswick, and original documents if your name has already been changed.   
  • If you are a Canadian citizen born outside of Canada, you must submit a photocopy of both sides of your Canadian Citizenship card, a photocopy of your original birth certificate or of your certified copy of birth registration, and a photocopy of your current passport.    
  • If you are a landed immigrant or permanent resident, you must submit a photocopy of your Canadian Record of Immigration Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Resident document, a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident card, a photocopy of your original birth certificate or of a certified copy of birth registration, and a photocopy of your current passport.   

For adults (age 16 or older), follow the following steps:  

  1. Complete a change of name form   
  2. Compile the necessary documents depending on where you were born 
  3. Submit your application to Service New Brunswick   

For youth (age 15 or under), follow the following steps:  

  1. Complete a change of name form   
  2. Compile the necessary documents depending on where you were born   
  3. Submit your application to Service New Brunswick     

Source: Service New Brunswick – Change of Name