OCYA Information for Children & Youth

OCYA Special Report: LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth

The online SURVEY is now open!
Click here to take the youth survey
Click here to take the stakeholder survey
OCYA Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Children and Youth
The OCYA is preparing its next Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Youth in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems.
LGBTQ2S+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Two-Spirited.
Are you a young person who identifies as LGBTQ2S+ and

  • is receiving Child Intervention Services and/or involved with the youth justice system? or
  • tried to get help from Child Intervention but did not get the help you needed?

– or –
Are you a service provider providing services to LGBTQ2S+ children and youth (specifically those involved in the child welfare or youth justice systems)?
If you said “yes” to any of the above, we want to hear about your experiences. We believe YOU have important things to say…and we want to hear from you. What you say will help us make recommendations to government!
Here’s how you can talk to us:

  • take part in a group with other youth;
  • talk to us on the phone or in-person; or
  • complete an online survey.

There are two SURVEYS – one for young people (under the age of 30) and one for stakeholders (those people working with, or caring for, LGBTQ2S+ children and youth).

  • If you are a young person you can access the online survey here: Youth Survey
  • If you are a service provider or community member working with LGBTQ2S+ children and youth you can access the online survey here: Stakeholder Survey

Please encourage your friends/colleagues/networks to complete this survey – your assistance is greatly appreciated!
Click here to see full information on how to reach us, or call Mari at the OCYA: 1-800-661-3446
Sharing your experiences with us will help other children and youth!
Did you know:

  • LGBTQ2S+ children and youth have specific vulnerabilities, needs and circumstances that require particular attention.
  • LGBTQ2S+ young people often experience harassment, stigma and rejection while in care and these experiences largely contribute to placement instability, running away, social and emotional problems and limited support networks.
  • Up to 40 percent of homeless youth belong to the LGBTQ2S+ population. One study found that LGBTQ2S+ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than heterosexual peers.
  • In Canada, where individuals are protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBTQ2S+ youth receiving services have a right to be respected as well, to have policies and procedures in place that ensure their safety and well-being.
  • The OCYA is working with community stakeholders who also work with and advocate for LGBTQ2S+ young people. Some of these stakeholders are a part of an advisory group (including youth representatives) who will provide advice and expertise to this Special Report process.
  • It is our hope that this Special Report will provide meaningful recommendations to improve the experiences and outcomes for LGBTQ2S+ young people as they come into contact with child welfare and youth justice.

Check back for updates and further developments.
Last updated: February 8, 2017