Bill C-3 - Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act

The key criteria for entitlement to registration under Bill C-3 are:

  • Did your grandmother lose her Indian status as a result of marrying a non-Indian?
  • Is one of your parents registered or entitled to be registered under sub-section 6(2) of the Indian Act
  • Were you, or one of your siblings, born on or after September 4, 1951.

General enquires on Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act should be directed to:

INAC Public Enquiries Contact Centre
Email: InfoPubs@ainc-inac.gc.ca
Phone: (toll-free) 1-800-567-9604
Fax: 1-866-817-3977
TTY: (toll-free) 1-866-553-0554 

Bill C-3 applicants will be offered an improved service, whereby eligible applicants can expect to receive registration as an Indian under the Indian Act AND an in-Canada Secure Certificate of Indian Status (status card) in one step. The Secure Certificate of Indian Status is an identity document issued by INAC to confirm that the cardholder is registered as a Status Indian under the Indian Act.

INAC is providing this service to Bill C-3 applicants as they do not currently have a status card. As INAC is moving towards fully implementing the Secure Certificate of Indian Status, it is more efficient for both clients and for INAC to provide these new first-time clients with the new SCIS at the time of registration. Both cards, the current Certificate of Indian Status and the new SCIS provide equal access to benefits and access to programs. This service has resulted in the development of a specific registration form which must be used by Bill C-3 applicants when submitting their request for registration. Application forms are available at the following locations: 

  • Online: visit the Bill C-3 application forms section of INAC's website
  • By mail: Call 1-800-567-9604 to request an application package.
  • In person: At any INAC Regional office or call 1-800-567-9604, or at any Service Canada Centre or call 1-800-O-Canada 1-800-622-6232. 

Due to the large volume of applications that is anticipated to be received in a short time frame, INAC will only be offering a self-service mail-in application option. INAC has set up a dedicated processing unit to handle in a timely fashion Bill C-3 applications. We therefore ask applicants not to send their application to INAC regional offices or Service Canada Centres, but rather to mail it directly to the INAC Processing Unit to ensure that their application is processed in an expedited manner:

INAC Application Processing Unit
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
GD Stn Main
Winnipeg MB R3C 0M2 

Applicants will be required to include certain identification documents with their completed application form in order to be registered and receive an in-Canada SCIS:

  • Original birth certificate (listing parents names)
  • Two passport style photographs
  • Copies of valid identification (i.e. - driver's licence, passport, government issued ID - copies signed by guarantor)
  • Guarantor Declaration for SCIS

And if applicable:

  • Legal change of name document or marriage certificate
  • Custody Court Order
  • Statutory Declaration Form(s) 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide all required information and documentation at the time of application. This will avoid unnecessary delays in obtaining registration and the SCIS. Incomplete applications will be assessed for eligibility of registration, and if deemed eligible, clients will be contacted to provide any remaining information or documents.

We also encourage applicants to use the INAC Public Enquiries Contact Centre (1-800-567-9604) for questions and mail-in their complete applications directly to the INAC Processing Unit to ensure optimal client service under the circumstances introduced with Bill C-3.