As a group, gender and sexual minorities in Canada – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+) self-identified people – are more likely to live in poverty, face greater barriers to employment, and earn less at work than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts, in addition to reporting poorer health and social outcomes. As an emerging area of research, significant knowledge gaps remain. In particular, there is a demonstrated need for research that accounts for differential outcomes within the LGBTQ2S+ community, takes an explicitly-intersectional approach, and is interdisciplinary in nature. These gaps are partially explained by the lack of high-quality, population-level data on gender and sexual minorities in the Canadian context.
Funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) and carried out by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, the project was conducted in partnership with Pride at Work Canada, the Labour Market Information Council, and Dr. Sean Waite at the University of Western Ontario.
Published: July 2022
Capability: Policy Research
Policy Area: Career Development and LMI, Employment - Employment Supports and Services, Health - Population Health