Canadian Federal Policy Changes Following the Enactment of Bill C-16 (2017)
Updated: Aug 30
Canada’s Bill C-16 received Royal Assent in June 2017. The Bill amended the Canadian Human Rights Act by adding gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. It also amended the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in the Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression.
Bill C-16's gender-based analysis is shrouded in mystery and black redactions. There is no evidence the government consulted with all stakeholders before introducing a law that placed women’s rights in obvious and dangerous conflict with the desires and feelings of men who "identify" as women.
The following is a non-exhaustive, evergreen list of policies, procedures and initiatives that have been created or updated by the Government of Canada to support or align with the amended Canadian Human Rights Act.
A legend with the acronym and full department name can be found below.
Department Policy Name Implementation Date
Prime Minister's PM Announces Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues Nov 2016
CSC Examination of Gender Diverse Offenders 2017-2020
ESDC ESDC settlement agreement on gender information Jan 2017
WAGE Women in Canada: A gender-based statistical report March 2017
CHRC Presentation to the Independent Senators Group on May 2017
JUSTICE Genetic Non-Discrimination Act May 2017
PCO Remarks for Randy Bissonnault Special Advisor June 2017
JUSTICE Statement by Minister Wilson-Raybould on passage June 2017
JUSTICE Bill C-16 (2017) (Receives Royal Assent) June 2017
IRCC Minister Hussen announces major step forward Aug 2017
IRCC New “X” gender designation coming to IRCC Aug 2017
Our Challenges (Speech by Randy Boissonault,
Special Advisor to PM on LGBTQ2 Issues)
StatsCan United Nations Dept of Economic and Social Affairs / Sept 2017
Statistical Classifications (sex or gender)
CSC Interim Policy Bulletin 584 Bill C-16 Dec 2017
(Link also provides a list of related policies)
CSC Examination of Gender Diverse Offenders Dec 2017 -
PCO The collection, use and display of sex and June 2018
ESDC Neutral gender marker option for Aug 2018
TBS Modernizing the Government of Canada’s Sept 2018
TBS Standard on Email Management July 2020
(adding pronouns to email signatures)
CSC Offenders with Gender Considerations Sept 2020
StatsCan Gender and sex at birth variables 2021 Census
WAGE 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat (established at WAGE) Oct 2021
CIC Challenges faced by gender diverse persons in Nov 2021
JUSTICE An Act to amend the Criminal Code Dec 2021
StatsCan Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics Hub 2022
StatsCan Canada is first country to provide census data April 2022
StatsCan Filling the gaps: Information on gender April 2022
CSC Policy Bulletin 685 (Gender Diverse Offenders) May 2022
WAGE Canada’s first Federal 2SLGBTI+ Action Plan Aug 2022
WAGE Gender equality timeline Sept 2022
TBS Public Service Health Care Plan Update July 2023
(adding $75K in benefits for transition
The Yogyakarta Principles (2006) were used by the Liberal Government to back up their addition of gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to support their various policy changes. We are providing this link for information purposes.
If anyone is aware of any other federal policies that are not on this list, please contact us at email@example.com so we can update it. Thank you.
Acronym Full name
CSC Corrections Services Canada
ESDC Employment and Social Development Canada
WAGE Women and Gender Equality Canada (formerly Status of Women)
CHRC Canadian Human Rights Commission
PCO Privy Council Office
IRCC Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
StatsCan Statistics Canada
TBS Treasury Board Secretariat
PSHCP Public Service Health Care Plan
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