Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Gender Equity In Indian Registration Act

The Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act (Bill C-3) received Royal Assent on December 15, 2010 and came into force on January 31, 2011. It is sometimes referred to as the McIvor case.

What is the purpose of Bill C-3?

Bill C-3 ensures that eligible grandchildren of women who lost status as a result of marrying non-Indian men are entitled to registration (Indian Status).

How does someone apply for Indian Status under Bill C-3?

Individuals who want to register must submit an application to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and must meet all of the following three criteria:

  • The applicant's grandmother lost her Indian status as a result of marrying a non-Indian;
  • One of the applicant's parents was registered, or was entitled to be registered, under sub-section 6(2) of The Indian Act;
  • The applicant or a sibling was born on or after September 4, 1951.

Will clients be reimbursed for past health expenses/ benefits?

Clients become eligible for non-insured health benefits as of their registration date as a Status Indian. This date is indicated on their registration confirmation letter from INAC.

NIHB will not reimburse clients for benefits/services received before that date.

Where can clients get INAC registration forms?

INAC registration forms are available on the INAC Website, the INAC Call Centre, and at Regional Offices.

For more information contact:

Phone: (toll-free) 1-800-567-9604


Fax: 1-866-817-3977

NIHB-Bill C-3 Question and Answers