More Positive News for the Trans Community!

Toronto Women’s College Hospital is getting ready to become the second place in Canada to offer gender affirmation surgery, a move that comes amid growing demand from trans people across the country.  Women’s College already performs some gender-confirming day surgeries (mastectomies, hysterectomies, orchiectomies), but this will hopefully alleviate some of the backlog at the private Montreal clinic that is currently the only place in the country offering “bottom surgeries” (vaginoplasties and phalloplasties).

You can read the CBC article here:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/gender-confirming-surgery-toronto-1.4181547 

You can read the Globe and Mail article here:  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto-hospital-to-become-second-in-canada-offering-genital-reconstruction-surgery/article35441753/

And ICYMI, Ontario expanded access to referrals for medically necessary sex reassignment surgery (also known as gender affirming or previously gender confirming surgery) as of March 2016.  The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) has changed the funding criteria, and some procedures are now covered by OHIP, including:

  • Reproductive and external genital surgery, including clitoral release, glansplasty, metoidioplasty, penectomy, penile implant, phalloplasty, scrotoplasty, testicular implants, urethroplasty, vaginectomy, vaginoplasty, salpingo-oophorectomy, hysterectomy, orchidectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Augmentation mammoplasty for the purpose of sex reassignment surgery is also insured for individuals with no breast enlargement following 12 continuous months of hormone therapy

Read more here:  http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/srs/