Transition-related surgery (TRS) refers to a range of surgical options that can help people feel that their physical characteristics more closely reflect their gender identity or expression. These options can support one in feeling more comfortable in their body and may help to improve your mental wellness.
In order to receive provincially-funded transition-related surgeries, you will need a surgery assessment from one or two health providers, depending on the surgery, one of which being a qualified primary care provider like a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
If you have a primary care provider and would like to start a discussion with them about transition-related surgery, you can click here for tips on how to start that conversation.
If you do not have a primary care provider and would like to access transition-related surgery, you can reach out to Centretown Community Health Centre’s Trans Health Program to get connected with surgery referral support.
Disclaimer: this section uses medical terminology.
Upper Surgery (Chest or Breast Augmentation) needs one assessment by a qualified Physician or Nurse Practitioner. Lower Surgery (Genital Surgery) needs an additional assessment from any qualified Physician, Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist, or Registered Social Worker (Master’s Degree).
Under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), the following surgical procedures are provincially-funded:
*Patient must have completed twelve continuous months of hormone therapy with no breast enlargement unless hormones are contraindicated
Prior to beginning the referral process for transition-related surgeries, the following eligibility criteria must be met:
As of right now, OHIP does not cover the following procedures identified as medically necessary by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health:
*OHIP does not cover travel costs involved in obtaining surgery. If you are in financial need and must travel to obtain an OHIP approved procedure, Hope Air can provide free air travel and accommodation. You can learn more about this option here.
For an overview of transition-related surgeries, risks, benefits and additional information, review Rainbow Health Ontario’s TRS Summary Sheets here.
Step 1: Connect with Qualified Providers.
The MOHLTC requires 2 qualified providers submit a “Request for Prior Approval for Funding of Sex Reassignment Surgery” form (can be found on the “Clinical Resources” section of our resource library).
Who is a qualified provider?
The MOHLTC criteria for a qualified provider includes Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Psychologists and Registered Social Workers. Eligible providers are expected to self-assess if providing transition-related surgical referrals is within the scope of their practice. There is no single training course that “qualifies” a provider, but providers are encouraged to undertake professional development and training activities to build their capacity on trans health services.
If your primary care provider is not able to submit a Prior Approval form on your behalf, Centretown Community Health Centre can help.