Saskatchewan is taking steps to prevent convicted sex offenders from changing their names, making it the first province to refuse name changes based on a criminal record.

An order in council approved by cabinet last week will require a criminal record check for people over the age of 18 seeking a name change.

“It would not be in the public interest to register a change of name for a person convicted of specific sexual offences in the past 10 years,” the order reads.

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