BC will become the first province in Western Canada to provide publicly funded gender affirming lower surgeries.
Health Minister Adrian Dix says people currently have to travel to Montreal or the U-S for those procedures, but they will be added in the Vancouver Coastal Health Region next year.
In addition, trans people will have improved access to publicly funded chest and breast surgeries.
A total of 14 surgeons will provide these surgeries in Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Port Moody, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria.
Previously, to receive publicly funded gender-affirming breast augmentation or chest construction procedures, people had to travel to Vancouver or Victoria.
“We are proud to be the first province in western Canada to provide these surgeries,” says Dix (pictured). “While BC funded these surgeries, they weren’t being delivered close to home and support systems, and that is what we are changing now. This is about bringing care closer to home and offering an enhanced, more efficient, cost-effective solution.”