Gender reassignment surgery (GRS) is a medical procedure that alters the physical characteristics of a person’s body to align with their gender identity. In Canada, GRS is covered by provincial health insurance programs, but the requirements for eligibility vary by province.
In general, to be eligible for GRS in Canada, you must:
⦁ Be at least 18 years old (or 16 years old in some provinces for masculinization of the torso surgery)
⦁ Have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria
⦁ Have been living in the gender role you identify with for at least 12 months
⦁ Have completed 12 continuous months of hormone therapy (unless hormones are not recommended)
⦁ Have two assessments from qualified professionals confirming that you meet the criteria for GRS

Once you have met the eligibility requirements, you will need to apply for GRS through your provincial health insurance program. The application process may vary by province, but it will typically involve submitting medical records, assessments, and other documentation.

If your application is approved, you will be placed on a waiting list for surgery. The wait time for GRS can vary depending on the province and the type of surgery you are seeking.

Here are some of the provinces and territories in Canada that cover the cost of GRS:
⦁ Alberta
⦁ British Columbia
⦁ Manitoba
⦁ New Brunswick
⦁ Newfoundland and Labrador
⦁ Northwest Territories
⦁ Nova Scotia
⦁ Ontario
⦁ Prince Edward Island
⦁ Quebec
⦁ Saskatchewan
If you are not sure whether GRS is covered by your provincial health insurance program, you can contact your local health authority.

Here are some resources that you may find helpful:
⦁ WPATH Standards of Care:
⦁ Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health:
⦁ Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care:
I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

In Canada, gender reassignment surgery (also known as gender-affirming surgery or sex reassignment surgery) is available as a part of the healthcare system. The specific process and requirements for accessing gender-affirming surgeries may vary by province or territory, as healthcare is primarily governed at the provincial/territorial level.

Here is some general information regarding gender reassignment surgery in Canada:
⦁ Referral and Assessment: The first step is typically to consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in transgender healthcare, such as a gender therapist or endocrinologist. They can provide guidance and assess your eligibility for gender-affirming surgeries. In many cases, a referral from a mental health professional is required before accessing surgical options.
⦁ Eligibility Criteria: The criteria for accessing gender reassignment surgery in Canada may include factors such as:
⦁ Being at least 18 years old (though some provinces may have different age requirements).
⦁ Demonstrating a persistent and well-documented gender dysphoria diagnosis.
⦁ Living in your affirmed gender role for a specified period of time (usually at least 12 months).
⦁ Meeting specific mental health and physical health requirements.
⦁ Assessment and Approval Process: Once the referral is made and eligibility is determined, you may undergo a comprehensive assessment process, which may involve consultations with various healthcare professionals, including psychologists, endocrinologists, and surgeons. This process helps ensure that surgery is an appropriate option for you and that you have the necessary support before and after the procedure.
⦁ Accessing Surgery: Once approval is obtained, you will be placed on a surgical waitlist. The waiting times can vary depending on factors such as demand, availability of surgeons, and provincial/territorial resources. It’s important to note that wait times can be lengthy, and it may be helpful to seek support from local transgender support groups or organizations while waiting.
⦁ Coverage and Funding: Gender-affirming surgeries are typically covered by the public healthcare system in Canada, but the coverage and funding policies can differ between provinces and territories. Some provinces may have specific guidelines and requirements for coverage. It’s essential to check with your provincial/territorial health authority or a healthcare professional to understand the specific coverage and funding details applicable to your region.

It’s important to engage with healthcare professionals experienced in transgender healthcare to navigate the process effectively and ensure you have the necessary support and information throughout your journey. They can guide you through the requirements, answer your questions, and provide appropriate referrals and resources.