University of Waterloo. JASON PARIS/CC FLICKR

Changes to the Ontario university applications will give new options to prospective students. 

Starting in September of 2017, prospective students applying for university will have the option of checking “another gender identity” on the application forms, if they do not identify as “male” or “female.” In addition, this field will no longer be mandatory.

This move was spearheaded by the University of Waterloo and has been expanded to include all 20 Ontario universities. Ray Darling, the school’s registrar, took action when he was approached by a student who informed him that applicants were required to select between binary gender options. 

Darling went to the Ontario Universities Council on Admissions and requested that another option be added to accommodate students who do not identify as either male or female. This recommendation was adopted universally by all 20 members. 

With files from the CBC.

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