The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House will resume on:
October 13, 2016

Bill No. 82

Change of Name Act (amended) and Vital Statistics Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 66 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Change of Name Act, and Chapter 494 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Vital Statistics Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Mark Furey
Minister of Service Nova Scotia

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) April 13, 2015; April 15, 2015; April 22, 2015
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement September 22, 2015
2015 Statutes, Chapter 13

Explanatory Note

Clauses 1 and 2 lower the age at which parental consent is no longer required for a change of name from 19 years to 16 years.

Clause 3

(a) eliminates the requirement for sex-reassignment surgery to change the sex shown on a person’s birth registration, and replaces it with a requirement that a person provide written statements from the person and from a member of a profession prescribed by the regulations;

(b) requires that a person under the age of 16 years have parental consent for a change in the sex shown on the person’s birth registration and that the written statement from a member of a profession prescribed by the regulations be from a professional who has treated or evaluated the person;

(c) provides for the updating, following a change to the sex shown on a person’s birth registration, of marriage and domestic partnership registrations of the person and birth registrations of any child of the person;

(d) sets out provisions respecting the issuance of birth, marriage and domestic-partnership certificates following the change of the sex shown on an applicant’s birth registration; and

(e) provides a means for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to dispense with the consent of a parent when an application is made by a person under the age of 16 years if it is in the interest of the applicant to do so.

Clause 4 adds regulation-making powers.

Clause 5 corrects an error.

Clause 6 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.