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Canadian agency bans ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to be more gender inclusive

Staff Writer |
Canadian Government employees tasked with connecting citizens to government services can no longer refer to those citizens as “sir,” “madam,” or any other gender-specific term while doing so.

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Service Canada’s front-line staff must “use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language” to avoid “portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender,” out of respect for the country’s “diverse” population.

CBC News reports that its French-language arm Radio Canada has obtained documents detailing the new guidelines.

The forbidden terms include “mother,” “father,” “sir,” “madam,” “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” and “Miss.”

Instead, workers are directed to call people “parents,” use their full names, and ask them how they wish to be addressed. They are further warned that an In-Person Quality Monitoring Program will watch them for compliance with the new rules.

The documents also reveal that “father” and “mother” have been removed from the Social Insurance Number application form.

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