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LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey findings

While progress has been made, LGBTQ2 communities continue to face long-standing barriers to full freedom and equity in Canadian society. That is why the Government of Canada is laying the groundwork for the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan. The ultimate goal of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan is to improve the lives of Canada’s diverse LGBTQ2 communities.

The LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey was the first in a series of engagement activities designed to support the development of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan. Conducted by the Federal LGBTQ2 Secretariat, with the support of the Canadian Heritage Policy Research Group, the survey opened on November 27, 2020, and closed on February 28, 2021. More than 25,000 LGBTQ2 people living in Canada responded to the survey, sharing their experiences related to safety, health, housing and homelessness, employment, and discrimination as well as stigma and resilience. Respondents were given the choice to answer questions concerning sexual orientation, gender expression, and/or gender identity.

Survey approach and methodology

The LGBTQ2 Secretariat recruited survey participants for this crowdsourced initiative with the assistance of several community-based organizations, federal departments, through word of mouth, public communications, as well as advertising through LGBTQ2 media sources and social networks. Results are representative of those that responded to the survey and cannot be used to make generalizations about the entire population of LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Nevertheless, these data provide important insights into the experiences shared by LGBTQ2 people living in Canada who did participate in the LGBTQ2 Survey.

Survey findings

As we continue our analysis, we will be releasing a series of “What we heard” infographics over the next several months to provide insights into the survey’s findings.

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Key terms

LGBTQ2 terminology is continuously evolving. Visit the LGBTQ2 terminology – Glossary and common acronyms for the full list of key terms and acronyms used on this page and in the survey, and on our infographics.

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