Canada at a Glance, 2022
LGBTQ2+ people

Did you know?

  • Canada is home to approximately 1 million people who are LGBTQ2+.Note Note
  • An estimated 1 million people in Canada are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or of another sexual orientation than heterosexual - representing 4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and older. Among this population, about 52% are women, 44% are men, and 3% are non-binary.Note
  • Looking specifically at gender diversity, about 100,815 people in Canada are transgender (59,460) or non-binary (41,355), accounting for 0.33% of the population aged 15 years and over. Among transgender people, 53% were women and 47% were men.Note

Table 6
Highest level of education completed, by LGBTQ2+ and non-LGBTQ2+ populations, Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Highest level of education completed. The information is grouped by Highest degree (appearing as row headers), LGBTQ2+ and Non-LGBTQ2+, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Highest degree LGBTQ2+ Non-LGBTQ2+
percent
Secondary school or less 42.1 37.2
Trade certificate 6.2 9.1
Degree below bachelor's 20.8 23.8
Bachelor's degree and above 30.8 29.3

Table 7
Age groups, by LGBTQ2+ and non-LGBTQ2+ populations, Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Age groups. The information is grouped by Age groups (appearing as row headers), LGBTQ2+ and Non-LGBTQ2+, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Age groups LGBTQ2+ Non-LGBTQ2+
percent
15 to 24 29.7 14.0
25 to 34 28.7 16.5
35 to 44 15.0 16.1
45 to 54 10.1 16.1
55 to 64 9.2 16.8
65+ 7.3 20.6

Table 8
Total personal income (before tax), by LGBTQ2+ and non-LGBTQ2+ populations, Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Total personal income (before tax). The information is grouped by Total personal income (before tax) (appearing as row headers), LGBTQ2+ and Non-LGBTQ2+, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Total personal income (before tax) LGBTQ2+ Non-LGBTQ2+
percent
Less than $20,000 40.5 26.2
$20,000 to $39,999 24.0 23.3
$40,000 to $59,999 16.5 19.2
$60,000 to $79,999 8.2 12.6
$80,000 to $99,999 5.4 7.9
$100,000 and more 5.5 10.8

Better data on LGBTQ2+ people … in brief

In response to growing demand for more detailed data about the experiences of marginalized groups, Statistics Canada has been working to ensure that its data programs remain relevant to the evolving interests of all Canadians.

For the 2021 Census questionnaire, Statistics Canada included a modified question on sex at birth and a new question on gender. In addition, the agency has been modernizing the collection of gender-related information in social surveys.

To learn more

Sex, gender and sexual orientation statistics (statcan.gc.ca)

 
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