Landmark census finds 1 in 300 Canadians are transgender and non-binary

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      Statistics Canada says the country is the first in the world to provide census data on gender diversity.

      On Wednesday (April 27), the agency released data indicating that 100,815 people reported that they are transgender (59,460) or non-binary (41,355).

      They accounted for 0.33 percent of the nearly 30.5 million people in Canada aged 15 and older in a private household in the May 2021 Census.

      Transgender and non-binary people represented one in a population of 300.

      “The proportions of transgender and non-binary people were three to seven times higher for Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2006, 0.79%) and millennials (born between 1981 and 1996, 0.51%) than for Generation X (born between 1966 and 1980, 0.19%), baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1965, 0.15%) and the Interwar and Greatest Generations (born in 1945 or earlier, 0.12%),” Statistics Canada reported.

      The agency also noted that among the 59,460 transgender people, there were more transgender women (31,555) than transgender men (27,905).

      Statistics Canada related that beginning in 2021, the “precision of ‘at birth’ was added to the sex question on the census questionnaire, and a new question on gender was included”.

      “As a result, the historical continuity of information on sex was maintained while allowing all cisgender, transgender and non-binary individuals to report their gender,” the agency explained.

      The move “addressed an important information gap on gender diversity”.

      “For many people, their gender corresponds to their sex at birth (cisgender men and cisgender women),” Statistics Canada reported.

      “For some,” the agency continued, “these do not align (transgender men and transgender women) or their gender is not exclusively ‘man’ or ‘woman’ (non-binary people)”.