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How To Legally Change Your Name In Canada

Posted by Dr. Hugh McLean on 11 July 2016

One of the challenges faced by transgender people is that of changing their gender through the law. There are usually so many steps and processes involved before you can get your documentation amended to show your chosen name and gender. This can be much harder in some provinces than others, causing many young transgender people to hesitate to take the legal measures to change their names. This reluctance is because they feel that they don’t want to deal with the hassle or simply to escape the embarrassment associated with the official acknowledgement that their gender was wrongly identified. Failure to take the right action in a timely manner can lead to challenges getting a job in mainstream society, mostly because a background check could reveal their past private information. If mainstream work is not an option, the only way to earn a living is through odd jobs or low-income opportunities…

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