New Brunswick Legislature: Provide coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery
  • Petitioned Ted Flemming

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Minister of Health for the Province of New Brunswick
Ted Flemming
Premier for the Province of New Brunswick
The Honourable David Alward

New Brunswick Legislature: Provide coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery

    1. Jack Hickey
    2. Petition by

      Jack Hickey

      Bathurst, Canada

With Nova Scotia announcing this month that it will extend coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS), New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are now the only two provinces in Canada that continue to deny coverage for this medically necessary procedure. GRS is a broad term covering several different surgeries, often referred to colloquially as ‘top surgery’ (mastectomy- removal of breast tissue, or breast augmentation) and ‘bottom surgery’ (including, but not limited to: hysterectomy- removal of the uterus, metoidoplasty and phalloplasty- creation of a penis, or vaginoplasty- inversion of the penis to create a vagina). GRS is essential for transgender patients and is medically necessary. The Transgender Standards of Care used by physicians in Canada cites surgery as a necessary step in transitioning. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has also ruled that it is an essential medical treatment, and its decision was upheld by a Canadian federal court in 2003. Despite this, and the overwhelming consensus in the medical community about GRS, it has been 10 years and New Brunswick is still lagging behind the rest of the country on this important issue. 

Without surgery, transgender people are higher risk for depression, severe anxiety, self harm, and suicide. An estimated 43% of transgender people attempt suicide in their life time- higher than any other demographic. The extreme dysphoria experienced can be so severe it may leave an individual unable to sustain a job or their studies; they might struggle to have meaningful relationships of any kind, and everyday social situations can become very stressful ordeals.

It is not just problematic and personally upsetting for transgender people to not have surgery, but is sometimes even dangerous – many transgendered people are the victims of hate crimes. Without surgery, many transgender people are unable to ‘pass’ as the opposite gender. This puts them at higher risk of discrimination in their daily lives as well as in employment, housing, education, and travel; they are often refused service and harassed on a daily basis. This may include being turned away at a gym, mocked and stared at in a restaurant, interrogated at an airport, or shouted at on the streets. In many areas, transgender people living as the opposite sex without surgery who are ‘outed’ are high risk of being physically assaulted, the victims of hate crimes and police brutality, and are sometimes even murdered. No other supposedly ‘elective’ or ‘cosmetic’ surgery impacts an individual’s rights, freedom, and safety in the way GRS does.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin Muzylowsky CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      This is a cause close to my heart as I have numerous transgendered friends back in Ontario.

    • Matthew Caissie MONCTON, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      I am transgender and feel strongly for this issue.

    • Liette Martin BAIE SAINTE ANNE, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      I gave birth to a transgender female to male, he still has a lot of anxiety to go out in public places with female breast and can not afford the operation, If he was 100% female with large breast; the province would therefore pay for a breast reduction because of physical problems, but what about mental problems,,,, I believe is as much important to any individuals, I therefore hope and pray for a change in health plan for the future,

    • Amber lynn Hardy QUISPAMSIS, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      This is very important to me for one big reason. I am a transgender women who want GRS

    • A Kristensen MIRAMICHI, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      As a transgender person it saddens me that I must move out of my home province in order to be covered for this necessary surgery.


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