BILL NO. 82
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
64 Elizabeth II, 2015
Change of Name Act (amended)
Vital Statistics Act (amended)
The Honourable Mark Furey
Minister of Service Nova Scotia
First Reading: April 8, 2015
Second Reading: April 9, 2015
Third Reading: April 28, 2015 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
(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;
(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.
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
1 Clause 2(d) of Chapter 66 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Change of Name Act, is amended by striking out "majority" in the second line and substituting "sixteen years".
3 Section 25 of Chapter 494 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Vital Statistics Act, is repealed and the following heading and Sections substituted:
(2) A person under the age of sixteen years and whose birth is registered in the Province may apply to the Registrar to change the sex shown on the person's birth registration by providing to the Registrar
(3) Where an application is made under subsection (1) or (2), the Registrar shall, upon payment of the prescribed fee, cause a notation of the change to be made on the birth registration if the Registrar is satisfied that
(4) Where a notation has been made under subsection (3) on the birth registration of a person, the Registrar shall cause a notation of the change to be made on any registration in the Registrar's office pertaining to the person.
(5) Where a person's birth is registered under the laws of another jurisdiction and the sex shown on the person's birth registration is changed under those laws, the Registrar, on production to the Registrar of proof of the change and evidence satisfactory to the Registrar as to the identity of the person, shall cause a notation of the change to be made on any registration in the Registrar's office pertaining to the person.
4 Subsection 51(1) of Chapter 494, as amended by Chapter 8 of the Acts of 1998, Chapter 29 of the Acts of 2000, Chapters 5 and 45 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 15 of the Acts of 2006 and Chapter 48 of the Acts of 2011, is further amended by adding immediately after clause (fb) the following clauses:
5 Subsection 54(1) of Chapter 494, as enacted by Chapter 29 of the Acts of 2000 and amended by Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2001, is further amended by striking out "domestic partner" in the last line and substituting "domestic-partner".
6 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.
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