An important step toward a more inclusive Canada

June 29, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, welcomes the announcement made today by the Ontario Government and issues the following statement:

“The Canadian Human Rights Commission applauds the Province of Ontario for its decision to apply a more open and diverse approach to gender on its provincial program and identity documents.

“We consider this another important step toward a more inclusive Canada.

“Everyone in Canada deserves to be treated with dignity, inclusion and respect. Leadership like this helps move Canada closer to that reality. We are encouraged by this change, and we hope that all governments in Canada are inspired to remove gender markers ("male or female") on documents wherever possible, and make any remaining markers more gender inclusive.”

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