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.
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