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Trans Care BC

Trans Care BC aims to enhance the coordination of trans health services and supports across the province, bringing gender-affirming care closer to home wherever possible.

Watch this video about our vision for health care for trans British Columbians.

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Feb 8, 2017

ProgressUpdateFeb2017Image.pngView the latest Trans Care BC Program Update

For all Trans Care BC Program updates, visit the Program Progress page.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: reflection & commitment

Posted November 16, 2016
As members and allies of trans, Two-Spirit and queer communities, the team at Trans Care BC stands in solidarity with people throughout the world on Transgender Day of Remembrance (Sunday, November 20, 2016). 

We are saddened by the hatred and violence that many trans and Two-Spirit individuals experience throughout their lives, and how systemic oppressions impact the living, the dead and those who are victims of suicide. 

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance website raises awareness about the ongoing murder of trans people. Every year, a vast majority of individuals on this list are trans women of colour, living below the poverty line. Trans Care BC is aware that discrimination and poverty negatively effect the lives of many trans people in BC, and therefore, we are committed to improve access to welcoming, competent and safer health care for transgender people across BC. 

We honour trans-centered and trans-inclusive programs throughout the province for their life-saving work, along with the many trans, Two-Spirit, queer and allied individuals who have volunteered countless hours to support our communities. 

This can be a particularly difficult time of year for many people and we recommend intentionally making time for practices that help you stay resilient such as socializing, expressing yourself creatively, honouring your spirituality, eating delicious foods or moving your body in ways that feel good for you. 

If you would like additional supports for your mental well-being, some free and low-cost counselling services are listed below. These resources can also be starting points for finding additional practitioners and resources:

BC Human Rights Code amended to include explicit protection for gender identity, expression

Posted July 28, 2016
The BC government passed Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016, to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered by the BC Human Rights Code on July 25, 2016. 

BC joins seven provinces and one territory that have already changed their regulations. The federal government also announced in May 2016 that it plans to to outlaw transgender hate speech and discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act and in the Criminal Code.  

Orlando shooting

Posted June 13, 2016
Trans Care BC staff and staff at the PHSA Transgender Health Information Program send love, compassion and solidarity to all those affected by the act of violence and hate that took place in Orlando on June 12, 2016. We grieve all those lost and harmed. 

As members of trans and queer communities and allies, we are deeply shaken by this tragedy. Our hearts are with the many latinx, people of colour (POC), queer, and trans communities and loved ones whose lives are forever changed.
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Update on fire at Montreal surgical centre

Posted June 22, 2016 
The Centre Metropolitain de Chirurgie (CMC) announced that major recontruction is underway following the May 2, 2016 fire at its hospital centre and will be completed the week of August 15, 2016. All activities planned on and after August 22, 2016 will take place in its establishment at 999 De Salaberry Street in Montreal.

Additional security measures have been put in place there as well as in all of its establishments. All surgeries that were cancelled between May 3 and 6 have now taken place, and the CMC is no longer experiencing any surgery delays.
About us

Trans Care BC was established as a program of PHSA in fall 2015 following community engagement, and input from clinical experts and stakeholders from transgender communities.

BC is the first and only province in Canada to create a provincial system to support transgender health.

The program supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for transgender and gender-diverse people across BC.

Trans Care BC is working closely with partners and stakeholders – including transgender communities, regional health authorities and the Ministry of Health – to the develop of a comprehensive provincial network of services.

Trans Care BC aims to offer expanded and sustainable health services to support transgender communities across the province by:

  • Developing gender-affirming, client-centered models of service
  • Ensuring access to gender-affirming and supportive health care is equitable and available to children, youth, adults and older adults
  • Supporting capacity-building, network development and other efforts to ensure efficient access to information, resources and support for trans and gender-diverse individuals, their families, friends and service/health care providers
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Trans Care BC is aligned with international standards of care, and supports the use and distribution of evidence-­based information. We aim to improve care across the continuum and share best practices. 

Using a hub and spoke model of distributed care – including health care provider education as well as novel approaches like health navigators – the program will bring health care closer to home for transgender and gender-diverse people in British Columbia. 

This model allows us to leverage expertise and coordination centrally, but also work to expand primary care and peer support throughout the province. 
Our approach is to:

  • Earn and build trust with trans communities, trans individuals, gender-creative children and their families as well as with health care partners across BC through engagement and collaboration
  • Take a person-centred approach and working with each individual to achieve their personal health care goals
  • Respect diverse cultures including the unique perspectives and needs of Two-Spirit people
Trans* is an umbrella term that describes a wide range of people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differ from their assigned sex and/or the societal and cultural expectations of their assigned sex. 

This may include people who are: androgyne, agender, bigender, coercively assigned female at birth (CAFAB), coercively assigned male at birth (CAMAB), female-to-male (FTM), gender creative, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, gender variant, male-to-female (MTF), pangender, questioning, trans, trans man, trans woman, transfeminine, transgender, transmasucline, transsexual and Two-Spirit.
In October 2014, the Minister of Health announced that the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) would be working together to offer expanded and sustainable health services to support transgender communities across the province. 

The Trans*Health steering committee met from December 2014 to May 2015 and developed a provincial network model for person and family-centred health care services for transgender British Columbians.

The committee included trans individuals and family representatives, and consulted with people from transgender communities, clinical experts, and other stakeholders about how best to create and expand services.

Read more about the steering committee's work.
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