PSAC recently participated in a Statistics Canada consultation on the census and called on the government to include questions about LGBTQ2 people in Census 2021.
“It is very important that the 2021 Census include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President. “The census needs to reflect the diversity in Canada. Given that this government has said they are committed to diversity and inclusion, this should be a priority for them.”
Current data is inadequate
Currently, the only nation-wide available data about LGBTQ2 people living in Canada is about the number of same-sex married or cohabitating couples. This leaves out single and bisexual people not in same-gender relationships. It also doesn’t offer any information about trans and two-spirit Canadians. Without this important information, the government can’t make informed policy decisions.
Reliable data on the number and location of LGBTQ2 people in Canada would lead to better equity programs, services and research.
Want to take action? Email the Statistics Canada consultation team demanding LGBTQ2 inclusion