Trans Equity & Inclusion Strategy

Develop a civic strategy for gender and diversity inclusion and equity.

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North America

Location: Vancouver, BC

Organization: City of Vancouver


About the Wise Practice

The aim of this strategy is to ensure that the City of Vancouver provides strategies for gender and diversity inclusion and equity. Members of the trans community often face discrimination and persistent challenges to accessing basic forms of human needs – housing, education, food, medical services, employment, and safety from physical harm. As such, the City receives annual updates on the progress of this strategy.



Governance & Leadership


Goal 3: Promote participatory age- and gender-responsive approaches at all stages of the urban and territorial policy and planning processes (NUA 92, 155).



In July of 2016, following extensive community and staff consultations, Council adopted the TGD2S Inclusion Strategy. The Strategy included short-term “Quick Starts” and a number of recommendations organized around the following 5 pillars:

1. Public Spaces, Facilities, Signage

2. Programs and Services

3. Human Resources

4. Communications and Data

5. Community Consultations and Public Partnerships

Since the Strategy’s adoption, the City has implemented all of the “Quick Starts”, many of the recommendations, and is engaged in ongoing work towards removing barriers experienced by trans, gender diverse, and non-binary staff and members of the public.


City Council receives annual updates on the progress of this Strategy. The City consults regularly with its LGBTQ2+ Community Advisory Committee for monitoring and implementation.

In the past five years, the City’s work has evolved from the 2016 Strategy to reflect current needs and context as of 2020. In the next two years, staff will carry out consultations aimed at reviewing and updating the TGD2S Strategy.

Lessons Learned

The aim of this Strategy is to make civic facilities, operations, and programs safe and inclusive spaces for trans* and gender-variant communities, including the following:

  • Signage and Literature
  • Public Spaces
  • Human Resource Training and Staff Policies
  • Programming
  • Collaborative Public and Community Partnerships.


Resources and More Information


Updated: July 28, 2022