Up until now, same sex couples in Ontario could only ensure guardianship of their own children by filing for adoption.
A new act now assures LGBTQ parents who used assisted reproduction to conceive, do not have to go through the court process to have equal rights for their new born.
Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the ‘All Families Are Equal’ Act on Thursday.
“It makes sure that all parents and their children are recognized equally in the law, that there are no extra steps or burdens for parents to go through in order to be declared or recognized as the parent of their child,” said Naqvi.
In June, Ontario pledged to give same sex families equal rights in response to a court challenge against existing legislation by several families.
The private member’s bill, which was the model for the new act, was based on legislation passed in British Columbia in 2014.