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A City In Quebec Plans To Test Gender-Neutral Bathrooms & Changing Rooms At 2 Pools

The city aims to reduce discrimination against gender-nonconforming Quebecers.
A City In Quebec Plans To Test Gender-Neutral Bathrooms & Changing Rooms At 2 Pools

The City of Gatineau is planning to 'experiment' with new gender-neutral changing rooms and bathrooms at two Quebec pools — possibly as soon as this summer.

The city says the plan aims to help reduce discrimination against gender-nonconforming Quebecers and "increase the participation of people of all gender identities in municipal activities."

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The project will be tabled at a future Gatineau city council meeting for adoption.

In a news release, the City of Gatineau stated that universal washrooms and change rooms offer several benefits:

  • They make it easier to accommodate people with special needs, regardless of age or gender

  • They facilitate supervision during group outings (such as school groups and day camps)

  • They can reduce set-up and operating costs due to there only being one locker room or washroom for everyone

  • They allow for less time spent in the locker room and less loitering 

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The Complexe sportif Desjardins in Rimouski and the Centre aquatique Bora parc in Valcartier both offer gender-neutral changing rooms.

Montreal's only gender-neutral bathroom is currently at Piscine Lévesque in the Plateau-Mont-Royal. 

The city's statement says it will assess the plan after one year and will consult feedback from Quebecers who use the new facilities to determine whether the project should continue.

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