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Canadian Federal Policy Changes Following the Enactment of Bill C-16 (2017)

Updated: Feb 28

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



JUSTICE Bill C-16 (2017) (Receives Royal Assent) June 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

Statistics Division

(Link also provides a list of related policies)

March 2020


(adding pronouns to email signatures)


WAGE 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat (established at WAGE) Oct 2021

(conversion therapy)


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 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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