Bill 35 – An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights | Protecteur du Citoyen
May 17, 2013

Bill 35 – An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards civil status, successions and the publication of rights

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The Québec Ombudsman supports the provisions concerning the new powers granted to the Registrar of Civil Status in matters of issuing a certificate of change of designation of sex and an act of death. It takes this position because the proposed amendments give effect to its recommendations published in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 Annual Reports. It also makes recommendations concerning two other problems. These recommendations seek to:

  • exempt the parents of a newborn less than six months old from the current publication requirements for an application for a change of name;
  • allow permanent residents domiciled in Québec and who have undergone the operations required for a sex change to apply the provisions of the Civil Code regarding the change of given name and designation of sex, even if they have not yet acquired Canadian citizenship.

Bill 35 was adopted on December 6, 2013.