Canada’s LGBT population about one million strong, bisexual women outnumber gay men


Canada prides itself as the most LGBT-friendly country in the world.

A statistical portrait provides a look into the country’s sexually and gender diverse communities.

Most notable is that the LGBT population is about one million strong.

A new report by Statistics Canada states that the community accounts for four percent of the total population aged 15 and older in 2018.

The federal agency used data from the Canadian Community Health Survey in 2015 and 2018 to draw a portrait.

Bisexual women number the most, with 332,000.

Gay men follow, with 255,100.

Bisexual men come next, with 161,200. This means that bisexual women outnumber bisexual men by two to one.

Women who are “gay or lesbian” number 150,600.

Citing the 2018 Survey on Safety in Public and Private Spaces, Statistics Canada reported that there are approximately 75,000 Canadians who are transgender or non-binary.

Moreover, transgender or non-binary persons represent 0.24 percent of the Canadian population aged 15 and older.

Furthermore, youth aged 15 to 24 comprised just under a third or 30 percent of the LGBT population in 2018, compared with 14 percent of the non-LGBT population.

At the other end of the population spectrum, seven percent of LGBT Canadians were aged 65 or older, compared with 21 percent of non-LGBT Canadians.

Statistics Canada also reported that the number of same sex couples in Canada has grown considerably since 2001.

The agency noted that the number of same-sex couples increased by 60.7 percent from 2006 to 2016.

It stated that by comparison, the number of opposite-sex couples increased by 9.6 percent from 2006 to 2016.

“This increase may be reflective, at least in part, of growing awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity in Canada,” Statistics Canada reported.

Overall, the agency reported, there were 72,880 same-sex couples in Canada in 2016.

Same-sex couples represented 0.9 percent of all couples in the country during the 2016 Census.

Half of all same-sex couples were residing in Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver, and Ottawa–Gatineau.

Statistics Canada also noted that about one in eight same-sex couples or 12 percent had children living with them in 2016.

Among opposite-sex couples, half had children living with them.

One third or 33.4 percent of same-sex couples in 2016 were married. Two-thirds were living as common-law partners.