Vision

The Trans Care BC vision is a British Columbia where people of all genders are able to access gender-affirming health care, and live, work and thrive in their communities.

Guiding Principles

  • Gender-affirming care inclusive of non-binary identities
  • Accountable and transparent Anti-oppressive and trauma informed
  • Collaborative
  • Person-centered care
  • Equitable and accessible

Strategic Aims

Trans Care BC aims to offer expanded and sustainable health services to support transgender communities across the province by:

  • Developing gender-affirming, client-centered models of service
  • Ensuring access to gender-affirming and supportive health care is equitable and available to children, youth, adults and older adults
  • Supporting capacity-building, network development and other efforts to ensure efficient access to information, resources and support for trans and gender-diverse individuals, their families, friends and service/health care providers

Model of Care

Trans Care BC is aligned with international standards of care, and supports the use and distribution of evidence-­based information. We aim to improve care across the continuum and share best practices.

Using a hub and spoke model of distributed care – including health care provider education as well as novel approaches like health navigators – the program will bring health care closer to home for transgender and gender-diverse people in British Columbia.

This model allows us to leverage expertise and coordination centrally, but also work to expand primary care and peer support throughout the province.

Our approach

Our approach is to:

  • Earn and build trust with trans communities, trans individuals, gender-creative children and their families as well as with health care partners across BC through engagement and collaboration
  • Take a person-centred approach and working with each individual to achieve their personal health care goals
  • Respect diverse cultures including the unique perspectives and needs of Two-Spirit people

Transgender/trans health steering committee

In October 2014, the Minister of Health announced that the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) would be working together to offer expanded and sustainable health services to support transgender communities across the province.

The Trans*Health steering committee met from December 2014 to May 2015 and developed a provincial network model for person and family-centred health care services for transgender British Columbians.

The committee included trans individuals and family representatives, and consulted with people from transgender communities, clinical experts, and other stakeholders about how best to create and expand services.

Read more about the steering commitee’s work.