LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada: A demographic snapshot

Release date: August 5, 2021
Infographic: LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada: A demographic snapshot
Description: LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada: A demographic snapshot

LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada: A demographic snapshot

Canada is home to approximately 1 million people who are part of LGBTQ2+ communitiesNote 1, accounting for 4% of the total population aged 15 and older.

Approximately 75,000 Canadians are transgenderNote 2 or non-binaryNote 3, representing 0.24% of the Canadian population aged 15 and older.

The LGBTQ2+ population is relatively young. Youth aged 15 to 24 made up 30% of the LGBTQ2+ population, compared with 14% of the non-LGBTQ2+ population.

More than half of LGBNote 4 Canadians aged 15 and older are bisexual, with bisexual women (332,000) outnumbering bisexual men (161,200) two to one. In addition, one-quarter of Canada’s LGB population are gay men (255,100), while one in seven are gay or lesbian women (150,600).

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES IN CANADA FROM THE 2016 CENSUS: 72,880

  • One-third of all same-sex couples in Canada are married
  • Two-thirds live common-law

HALF OF ALL SAME-SEX COUPLES IN CANADA WERE LIVING IN:

  • Toronto 18%
  • Montréal 17%
  • Vancouver 10%
  • Ottawa–Gatineau 5%

Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015 to 2018; Census, 2016; Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces, 2018.

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