Reconstructive lower transplant surgery will soon be available in British Columbia.
Health Minister Adrian Dick says the Trans-Union has for many years advocated for better access to care for complex operations in B.C.
So far, those who want an operation have had to travel to Montreal or the United States, for which Dick says they have resulted in additional medical risks associated with long-distance travel after surgery and with subsequent care.
"This is about shaving closer to home," Dick said at a press conference on Friday morning.
The Ministry of Health says a gender confirmation operation will be available at Vancouver Coastal Health from next year, and trans people will also have a better access to public funding of breast and breast surgery across the province.
Fourteen surgeons will provide the latest operations in Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Port Moody, Prince George, Vancouver and Victoria.
Dick says B.C. is the first province in western Canada that provides lower operations.
The government says about 100 people travel from this province for such operations annually, and it is expected that about 200 hours of breast and breast surgery will be held in B.C. in the next year.