Working for Change: Understanding the Employment Experiences of Two Spirit, Trans, and Nonbinary People in Canada

Keywords Two Spirit, Trans, and Non-Binary Employees, Workplace Equity, Employment Experiences, 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion


Egale is a Canadian organization aiming to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people in Canada and globally through research, education, and advocacy. In the Working for Change project they sought to better understand the employment landscape of Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people in Canada.

The Report shares employment, underemployment, and unemployment experiences of Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people and offers guidelines for employers, allies in the workplace, and government and systems change.

The Summary highlights key take aways and actionable recommendations.

Policy & Practice Implications

  • These resources demonstrate the discrimination and harassment that Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people can experience when navigating the workforce, making the case for widespread change.
  • The Report demonstrates the benefits of following clear and inclusive policies by sharing concrete experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ employees feeling supported and affirmed.
  • The statistics can be used by employers and policymakers to better understand Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people’s workplace experiences and barriers to employment.
  • The Report’s detailed findings about navigating the workplace, quitting, job seeking, and supportive work environments can inform organizations working to achieve equitable employment.

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