Canadians Support New Gender Identity and Expression Provisions

More than half also think transgender Canadians should be allowed to use the public bathroom of their choice.

Vancouver, BC – Most Canadians are in favour of the provisions included in the proposed legislation that deals with issues related to gender identity and gender expression, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, more than half of Canadians (54%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” familiar with Bill C-16, which was recently introduced by the federal government.

Three-in-four Canadians (74%) agree with a provision in Bill C-16 that would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, and 71% are in favour of updating criminal laws to make it a hate crime when someone is targeted because of their gender identity and gender expression.

In addition, two thirds of Canadians (65%) agree with extending hate speech laws to include the terms gender identity and gender expression.

A majority of Canadians (55%) think transgender Canadians should be allowed to use the public bathroom of their choice, while one third (32%) believe their public bathroom use should be based exclusively on biological sex.

“Canadians of all ages and political stripes are in favour of the provisions included in Bill C-16,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “When it comes to public bathrooms—an issue that is creating widespread commotion in the United States—Conservative Party voters are decidedly uncomfortable.”

 

About Insights West:

Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 30 to June 2, 2016, among a representative sample of 1,001 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points. Click here to view the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com