This case challenged a provision of British Columbia’s Vital Statistics Act which prevented a married woman from giving her child her surname. 

LEAF sponsored the challenge. 


A couple wanted their child to have the mother’s last name, but were prevented from doing so by a provision in the Vital Statistics Act.   


The couple, sponsored by LEAF, argued that the legislation violated her equality rights under s. 15 of the Charter.  


Before trial, the British Columbia government amended the legislation to allow married women to give their surnames to their children. 

LEAF is grateful to Dulcie McCallum, counsel in this case.  

Our records are imperfect, but we are doing our best to update them – if you were involved with LEAF on this case but your name is not reflected here, please email us at [email protected].