Canadian Transgender Youth Health Survey

In 2014, and again in 2019, SARAVYC conducted a bilingual survey to learn about the health of transgender youth in Canada. It was the first and largest of its kind in Canada, with 1,519 trans and/or non-binary youth across the nation responding in 2019.

This study was funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and involved collaborations with various universities and health researchers across the nation. Similar to 2014, this survey was available for young people between the ages of 14 to 25 to take in English or French and asked about a range of topics including gender identity, access to gender-affirming care, and physical health. When applicable, comparisons between 2014 and 2019 were made to gauge whether things have improved since 2014.

Developed in consultation with trans and/or non-binary advisory groups across Canada, recommendations to improve the health and well-being of trans and/or non-binary youth included inclusive and comprehensive sex education, safer washrooms and public spaces, and decreasing health disparities between provinces.
Learn more about the Being Safe, Being Me 2019 project at

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc
Senior Post-doctoral Fellow: Dr. Ashley B. Taylor
Co-Investigators: Dr. Greta Bauer, Dr. Anita DeLongis, Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Dr. Dan Metzger, Dr. Tracey Peter, Dr. Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Dr. Catherine Taylor, Dr. Julie Temple Newhook, Dr. Robb Travers, Dr. Jaimie Veale, and Dr. Kristopher Wells
Funding by: CIHR (Foundation Scheme) under the grant “Improving health equity for LGBTQ youth in Canada and globally: Addressing the role of families and culture”, 2017-2024
2019 Reports: English / Français
2014 Reports: English / Français