Change Sex Designation

​​You can request a change of sex designation on your Saskatchewan birth registration, which will also change your birth certificate, without needing to provide proof to eHealth Saskatchewan that you have undergone gender reassignment surgery. If you are a Saskatchewan resident, you may also request an update to your sex designation on your Saskatchewan Health Card

To request a change of sex designation you must be born in Saskatchewan.

You will need to provide eHealth Saskatchewan with the following:

1. A completed statutory declaration that is signed before a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public that includes:

  • Your name as it currently appears on your birth registration
  • Your date of birth
  • Your mailing address, telephone number and email address (if available)
  • The change to the sex designation being requested
  • A statement that you have assumed, identify with, and intend to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the requested change to sex designation.

2. A letter from a physician or a psychologist, who is registered as a member of a College within Saskatchewan (e.g. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan or Saskatchewan College of Psychologists) and is licensed to practice within Saskatchewan, or who is registered as a member of a College within another Canadian jurisdiction and is licensed to practice within that jurisdiction, which sets out:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • The name, address, telephone number and other contact information for the physician or psychologist
  • That the physician or psychologist is a practicing member in good standing in a Canadian jurisdiction and includes his/her license number
  • That the physician or psychologist has treated or evaluated you
  • That in the physician's or psychologist's opinion, you have assumed, identify with and maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the requested amendment to the sex designation on your birth registration
  • That the physician or psychologist is of the opinion that the change of sex designation on your birth registration is appropriate
  • If you are under 18 years of age, the letter must also state that in physician's or psychologist's opinion, you have the capacity to make health care decisions.
  • If you reside outside Canada and are unable to provide a letter from a physician or a psychologist in Canada, eHealth Saskatchewan may be able to accept supporting documentation from a physician or psychologist outside of Canada. The physician or psychologist must provide proof that they are licensed to practice in another jurisdiction and are in good standing within that jurisdiction. We will address such applications on a case-by-case basis.

3. The fee to change a birth registration, which is $20.00.

4. The fee for a Long Form Birth Certificate (contains parental information), which is $40 .00 or a Short Form Birth Certificate (contains no parental information), which is $35.00.

If the criteria is met, eHealth Saskatchewan will amend your birth registration, and a new Birth Certificate, with the changed sex designation, will be issued to you.


You will need to return any previously-issued Birth Certificates or Certified Copies of your birth registration to us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Vital Statistics Registrar at vsregistrar@ehealthsask.ca.

 

OPTIONAL NON-DISPLAY OF SEX DESIGNATION

Individuals have the option of ordering a Birth Certificate without a sex designation displayed. This is by request only. When applying for a birth certificate, applicants must select the type of birth certificate (i.e. Long form- with parental information displayed; or Short form- without parental information displayed) and must select "I do NOT want sex displayed on this birth certificate" if they do not wish sex to be displayed.

Please note that eHealth Saskatchewan cannot guarantee that a birth certificate without a sex designation will be accepted by other organizations.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Optional Non-Display of Sex Designation on Birth Certificates:

Q.  Is sex being removed from everyone's birth certificates?

A.  Sex is not being removed from all birth certificates.  Individuals have the option to request a birth certificate that does not display the sex designation.

Q.  Who can request a birth certificate that doesn't display sex?

A.  Anyone who was born in Saskatchewan can request a birth certificate that doesn't display sex. 

Q.  Can a parent request a birth certificate that does not display the sex designation for their child?

A.  A parent can request a birth certificate that doesn't display sex for their child if the child is under 15 years of age.  If the child is over 15 years of age, the child must request it.

Q.  Why is eHealth making this change?

A.  In May, 2018, the Court of Queen's Bench ordered eHealth and the government create new criteria to allow individuals the option to remove the sex designation from their birth certificates.

Q.  How does a person request a birth certificate that doesn't display sex?

A.  When applying for a birth certificate, either online or via paper application, the applicant must select the type of birth certificate they are applying for (i.e. Long form- shows parental information; Short form- no parental information) and select "I do NOT want sex displayed on this birth certificate".

Q.  What types of birth certificates can a person obtain without a sex designation?

A.  A person can request sex not be displayed on a short form (no parental information) or a long form (parental information) birth certificate.

Q.  What is the cost of a birth certificate that doesn't display sex?

A.  The cost is identical to a birth certificate that does display a sex designation. The cost of a long form birth certificate (shows parental information) is $40. The cost of a short form birth certificate (no parental information) is $35.

Q.  Can a person have a birth certificate that has a sex designation on it and a birth certificate that doesn't have a sex designation on it?

A.  Yes, a person can have both birth certificates.

Q.  Will a birth certificate with no sex designation be accepted elsewhere (eg SGI, Passport Canada, other jurisdictions)?

A.  eHealth can't guarantee that a birth certificate with no sex designation will be accepted elsewhere.  eHealth recommends a person contact the organizations that require a birth certificate to determine whether a birth certificate with no sex designation will be accepted.

Q.  When will a person be able to order a birth certificate without a sex designation?

A.  A person will be able to order a birth certificate without a sex designation on July 8, 2018.


Change of Sex Designation for Minors (under the age of 18):

Q.  What does a minor need to provide to change their sex designation on their birth registration and birth certificate?

A.  A minor needs to provide the following:

  • A statutory declaration by the minor stating they have assumed, identifies with and intends to maintain the gender identity that corresponds with the requested amendment to the designation of sex on the minor's birth registration;
  • A letter from a physician or psychologist practicing in Saskatchewan or in another Canadian jurisdiction stating that:
  • the physician or psychologist has treated or evaluated the minor;
  • in the physician's or psychologist's professional opinion, the minor has assumed, identifies with and is maintaining the gender identity that corresponds with the requested amendment to the designation of sex on the minor's birth registration;
  • in the physician's or psychologist's professional opinion, the change of sex designation on the minor's birth registration is appropriate; and
  • in the physician's or psychologist's professional opinion, the minor has capacity to make health care decisions.

Q.  Can a parent/legal custodian apply to change the sex designation on their child's birth registration?

A.  No, only the minor can apply to change the sex designation on their birth registration.

Q.  Does a parent/legal custodian need to consent to a minor changing the sex designation on their birth registration?

A.  No, there is no requirement for consent from parents or legal custodians.

Q.  Does a minor have to be a certain age to change the sex designation on their birth registration?

A.  No, there is no age limit.  The letter from the physician or psychologist must state that in the physician's or psychologist's professional opinion, the minor has capacity to make health care decisions.

Q.  Are these criteria similar to any other jurisdiction's criteria?

A.  Yes, these criteria are similar to Manitoba's criteria.

Q.  Why is eHealth making this change?

A.  In May, 2018, the Court of Queen's Bench ordered eHealth and the government create new criteria to allow minors to change their sex designation on their birth registrations.

Q.  When will minors be able to apply to change their sex designations on their birth registrations?

A.  Minors will be able to apply to change their sex designations on their birth registrations starting on July 8, 2018.