Census data shows over 100,000 Canadians ages 15 and older identify as transgender or non-binary


New data from the 2021 Statistics Canada Census Report finds approximately 0.33 per cent, or over 100,000 people ages 15 or older, identify themselves as transgender or non-binary in the country. 

The census report has added to the sex question on the questionnaire and a new question about gender. 

According to the report, the highest number of transgender and/or non-binary people were born in the years 1981 to 2006. 

Sydney Brouillard-Coyle, the Education lead at Trans Wellness Ontario, says the census data is historical.   

"There is over 100,000 of us in Canada and we know that is a near snap shot of the reality because many people are not out. This helps us to see the reality that Trans people are here, that we make up a lot of the population of Canada and it's important for people to recognize and acknowledge our existence." 

Brouillard-Coyle says it's great to see representation. 

"It was good to be able to see that represented and we know that many of our staff, clients and community express great joy in being able to actually authentically represent themselves in the census. 

Brouillard-Coyle says there is still work to be done. 

"This leaves space for both the census and anybody who has any type of survey or paper work to really critically understand how they're asking questions about gender or how they're asking questions about sexuality because often we are still asked in binary or two, three, maybe four options."

The report says Nova Scotia, Yukon and British Columbia had the highest number of Trans and non-binary individuals.

The report also states 2 in 5 transgender and/or non-binary people have called Ontario home in 2021.