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e-4666 (Civil and human rights)

Initiated by Fae Johnstone from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Despite progress, trans and gender diverse people in Canada continue to be denied full equality, denied the freedom to be themselves, and denied the safety and acceptance every Canadian deserves;
  • In 2017, Canada showed global leadership by extending human rights protections to trans people with the passage of Bill C-16. While a historic move, we have much more work to do to ensure that equality on paper means equality in practice;
  • Trans and gender diverse Canadians are more likely to be homeless, to live in poverty, and to face harassment and hate in their daily lives. Discrimination and stigma, worsened by the recent rise in anti-2SLGBTQIA+ hate, contribute to poor social, economic and health outcomes for 2SLGBTQIA+ people;
  • Universal public healthcare is a core Canadian value, and gender-affirming care is healthcare, but there are significant issues with access to and coverage of gender-affirming care across Canada. The Government of Canada has a responsibility to show leadership in this area; and
  • In June 2023, MP Randall Garrison’s White Paper on the Status of Trans and Gender Diverse People was tabled in the House of Commons. This document offers a comprehensive overview of problems facing trans and gender diverse people in Canada and 29 specific policy solutions to advance full equality.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to implement the recommendations from the White Paper on the Status of Trans and Gender Diverse People.
Open for signature
November 8, 2023, at 8:25 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 7, 2024, at 8:25 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke)
April 29, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02415)
Photo - Randall Garrison
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia