October 18, 2019

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LGBTIQ+ Immigration and Refugee Protection Act: New Guideline

Effective May 1st, 2017

The purpose of the guideline is to promote greater understanding of cases involving sexual orientation and gender identity and expression and the harm individuals may face due to their non-conformity with socially accepted norms. The guideline addresses challenges individuals may face in presenting their cases before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and establishes guiding principles for decision makers.


Although the terminology may change in the future, currently the guideline refers to gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. The acronym currently being used is LGBTIQ+ and refers to Lesbian, Gay man, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Cisgender. Queer is an umbrella concept and may include any individual who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or intersex.

The guideline outlines the use of appropriate language, protection of sensitive information and avoiding stereotyping.

Click here to go to the Chairperson’s Guidline 9: Proceeding Before the IRB Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression.

For Enquiries, please contact

Director, Policy, Outreach and Engagement Directorate

Policy, Planning and Corporate Affairs Branch

Minto Place – Canada Building

344 Slater Street, 14th Floor

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K1

Mario Dion, Chairperson


Post source : Government of Canada

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