Resources for Trans People @ U of T

Student Name and/or Gender Change on Academic Records & ACORN

The University of Toronto has a simple way for students to have their name and/or gender changed on their academic records. Simply go to your Registrar’s Office and Request the Change of Name or Gender Request Form.

You are able to change your name and/or your gender without legal documentation.

You will need to provide ID to prove who you are, but not to verify the name and gender that you are changing it to. U of T will maintain your legal name and gender information in the records, but your correct name and gender, as requested, will appear on all university documents once the form is processed.

You do not need to provide an explanation or disclosure as to the reasons for the change.

The Registrar should advise you where the name on the records is not your formal legal name that future employers, licensing bodies, or other educational institutions may require proof that the transcripts and diplomas are your legitimate academic records.

Any questions from administrators or students can be directed to the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

Note: For international students, there are currently barriers to accessing this policy related to visas and borders.  We are currently working towards a solution.

Read the Statement Concerning Change of Student Personal Information in Official Academic Records.

Are you both a student and an employee? 

Please note that the personal information records for student status are unique from any employment records. If you change your information on your student record, this will NOT translate to your employment record. Employment records do require your legal personal information for payment and record keeping, however any person can request to be addressed by the name and pronoun that they use in their everyday. The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office can support a student employee and/or the employer to address any questions or concerns regarding these matters.

Changing your email address

Once you have changed your name in ACORN, you can also change your email address.

  1. Go to https://www.utorid.utoronto.ca/ (Make changes> change your email address)
  2. To change your display name, go to https://my.auth.utoronto.ca/. It can take up to 24 hours for the change to take effect.

For assistance, please go to the Help Desk at Robarts Library (St. George), BV487, IC35, or theLibrary (UTSC), or CCT Atrium (UTM).

Note: Your email will not be automatically updated in ACORN – this needs to be done manually.

Changing Your T-Card

Once you have changed your name in ACORN, you can also change your student T-card.

Your Registrar should provide you with a letter or form which waves the cost of issuing a new T-card. Simply visit the T-Card office to get your new T-Card. You should turn in your old card when requesting a new one in order to avoid replacement fees.

All Gender Washrooms on Campus

The University of Toronto has many single user and some multi-user all gender washrooms all across the three campuses.

You can click on U of T’s interactive campus map to see where each of these washrooms is located. The SGDO is currently in the process of updating the content on this map.

Accessing Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

U of T’s Health & Wellness Centre on St. George campus (214 College Street, 2nd floor) provides care for trans patients. If you are seeking health care supports, you can request an appointment with a doctor who provides care related to gender or transgender identities (as you are comfortable). Please request a 30 minute appointment for your first visit, and if asked, you can say it is for a gender-related appointment.

Nurses and other health care professionals can also support ongoing hormone treatment and support, if requested.

Speak with the staff in the SGDO for further suggestions related to healthcare.

Counselling & Mental Health Supports

Health & Wellness

If you are seeking counselling through Health & Wellness, begin by making an appointment with a family doctor. The doctor can provide you with a reference to the appropriate counsellor or other health care provider.

Counseline

Counseline offers face-to-face counselling and online counselling for Faculty of Arts and Science Colleges Undergraduates on the St. George Campus during the fall and winter academic period. Counseline an initiative by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Health and Wellness, St. George Campus and the Faculty of Arts and Science Undergraduate Colleges that is collaborating with the University of Toronto Sexual and Gender Diversity Office.

Students can call 416-946-5117 to leave a message to state that you are interested on this confidential phone line. Leave a message with your name, phone number and state that you are interested in “LGBTQ counselling.” After you leave a message, a staff person will follow up with you asking you brief questions to get a sense of what you are looking for and connect you with an appropriate counsellor. A counsellor will then follow up with you to arrange a first meeting in a confidential space on campus, or for online counselling that can be done from your home. Alternatively, students are also able to be referred to the program by staff at the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

Student Health Plans

There are many student union sponsored health plans that are designed to offer extended health and dental benefits not covered by OHIP/UHIP.  Most Hormone therapies are covered by a student’s health plan. Benefits may vary with each plan.  Students seeking confirmation of coverage need to seek the Drug Identification Number of each individual drug being prescribed and then confirm this information with the insurance provider. Your student union representative can also make this inquiry on your behalf.

For full-time undergraduate students:

For part-time undergraduate students:

 For graduate students:

  • Graduate Students’ Union (GSU)has coverage with Green Shield Canada
  • Students employed as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Assistants may have additional benefits through their union.

For international students:

There are many student union sponsored health plans that are designed to offer extended health and dental benefits not covered by OHIP/UHIP.

Hormone therapies may be covered by a student’s health plan. Benefits may vary with each plan.  Students seeking confirmation of coverage need to seek the Drug Identification Number of each individual drug being prescribed and then confirm this information with the insurance provider. Your student union representative can also make this inquiry on your behalf.

For full-time undergraduate students:

For part-time undergraduate students:

 For graduate students:

  • Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) has coverage with Green Shield Canada
  • Students employed as Teaching Assistants or Graduate Assistants may have additional benefits through their union.

 For international students:

Employees and Health Plans

Benefits offered by each health plan are different.  Employees can confirm which plan they are enrolled in by reviewing their account on ESS.

Employees seeking confirmation of coverage need to seek the name or Drug Identification Number of each individual drug being prescribed and then confirm with their health plan.

Please note: This website is for informational purposes only.  In the event of a discrepancy, benefits will be paid according to the official documents and all applicable legislation.