If you haven’t changed your legal name, and you request an official name change to your Ryerson student record using Ryerson's Student Records Statutory Declaration Form, you should be aware that this form does not legally change your name. The only organization that will know you by your updated name is Ryerson, and the change is only made on your Ryerson student record. Other official organizations such as OSAP and the Canada Revenue Agency will still be using your legal name. When you provide Ryerson documents such as transcripts or tax receipts that display your updated name, external organizations such as OSAP, RESP providers, potential employers, other universities, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Revenue Canada (e.g. tax receipts) and health insurance providers may not accept or recognize the updated name as it appears on your Ryerson student record and documents.
The difference between the name on your Ryerson student record and the name on record with external organizations may cause you unexpected issues. These organizations may require further proof that any Ryerson student records or documents are your legitimate records.
Before requesting an official name change to your Ryerson student record using the Statutory Declaration Form, you should consider these impacts. To avoid some of these obstacles, if you are planning on changing your legal name, you may find that it is better to do that before changing the name on your Ryerson student record. To apply for a legal name change, you will need to contact your home province or country of origin, and follow the appropriate application procedures. If you are from Ontario, instructions for applying for a legal name change in Ontario can be found on the Service Ontario website.
For more information about potential impacts if you are receiving OSAP or other government financial aid, please see the related question, Do I need to inform SFA of changes to my student record if I am receiving OSAP?