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Quebec will offer the “X” gender option for health insurance cards and driving licenses |


Quebecers who identify as neither man nor woman will soon be able to opt for an “X” gender marker on their health card and driver’s license.

The Régie de l’assurance automobile du Québec and the Régie publique de l’assurance santé claim to have been informed of the government’s decision to add a third gender option to government identity cards.

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The Health Insurance Authority, known as RAMQ, says it learned of the decision this morning and will immediately take steps to implement the change.

RAMQ and the Société de l’assurance automobile, or SAAQ, say customers who have requested a non-binary marker on their card will be contacted shortly to discuss the next steps in the process.

Quebec allows a non-binary gender marker on birth and death certificates, but unlike other provinces, it has not until now offered this option on health cards or driver’s licenses.

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Quebec’s Minister of the Status of Women said last year that an interministerial committee was studying the issue, but did not specify when option X might be offered.

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