Amendments to Human Rights Act and Vital Statistics Act
Amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act passed in June 2017 to protect transgender people from discrimination and provide them with better access to government services.
Enhancing the rights of transgender persons
The amendments to the Human Rights Act make it illegal to discriminate against a person on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression.
Changes to the Vital Statistics Act remove the requirement for sex reassignment surgery before a person can change the sex on their birth registration. Yukoners can now change the sex on their birth registration to correspond with their chosen gender identity.
Within the next year, regulatory changes will come into effect that will allow Yukoners to obtain birth certificates with a gender-neutral marker.
Public consultation results
The consultation on the amendments to the Human Rights Act and Vital Statistics Act engagement received 328 responses: 325 to the online survey; one emailed comment; and two written responses. The questionnaire posed 11 questions which could be filled out by pen and paper or by completing an online survey.