Trans, Two Spirit, Intersex, Non-Binary and Gender Diverse people face significant barriers to equitable healthcare in Ottawa and across the Champlain region. Many trans people struggle to find inclusive healthcare providers, let alone providers equipped with the right knowledge and confidence to support trans people navigating the complexities of transition-related healthcare (i.e., hormone replacement therapy and gender-confirmation surgeries).
The Champlain region is currently facing a trans health crisis. The two primary trans health providers in the region, Centretown Community Health Centre’s Trans Health Program and CHEO’s Gender Diversity Clinic, are facing ever growing demand that outpaces capacity. Trans and gender diverse patients are facing waitimes of up to 22 months to access potentially life saving hormone starts and surgery referrals. A crucial step to improving trans health in the Champlain region is the active involvement of primary health care providers in gender-affirming care.
To address this, the Regional Planning Table for Trans Health Services, alongside Centretown Community Health Centre, are creating a network of trans health service providers in and around Ottawa. This network will help
The network is for any health provider, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and others, who are currently providing care within the Champlain region.