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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

Bill C-16


JUSTICE Genetic Non-Discrimination Act May 2017

PCO Remarks for Randy Bissonnault Special Advisor June 2017

to the PM on LGBTQ2 Issues to the NGLCC Global

5th LBGT Summit of the Americas

JUSTICE Statement by Minister Wilson-Raybould on passage June 2017

of Bill C-16 in Senate

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

IRCC Minister Hussen announces major step forward Aug 2017

in gender equality by making changes to passports

and immigration documents


IRCC New “X” gender designation coming to IRCC Aug 2017


PCO LBTTTIQA2S Lives: Our Struggles, Our Victories, 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

Statistics Division

Meeting of the Expert Group on International

Statistical Classifications (sex or gender)

CSC Interim Policy Bulletin 584 Bill C-16 Dec 2017

(gender identity and gender expression)

(Link also provides a list of related policies)

CSC Examination of Gender Diverse Offenders Dec 2017 -

March 2020


PCO The collection, use and display of sex and June 2018

gender information at the federal level

ESDC Neutral gender marker option for Aug 2018

Employment Insurance applicants

TBS Modernizing the Government of Canada’s Sept 2018

Sex and Gender information practices

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

federal corrections: An Ombudsman’s Perspective

JUSTICE An Act to amend the Criminal Code Dec 2021

(conversion therapy)

StatsCan Gender, Diversity and Inclusion Statistics Hub 2022

StatsCan Canada is first country to provide census data April 2022

on transgender and non-binary people


StatsCan Filling the gaps: Information on gender April 2022

in the 2021 Census

CSC Policy Bulletin 685 (Gender Diverse Offenders) May 2022

WAGE Canada’s first Federal 2SLGBTI+ Action Plan Aug 2022

… Building our future with pride

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 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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