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Government of Canada continues to invest in 2SLGBTQI+ communities one year after launch of Action Plan 

OTTAWA, Canada – Members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada continue to contend with discrimination, violence, and injustice, simply because of who they are. Investing directly in 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and the organizations that support them, will help ensure that all people can participate fully in social, economic, and political life free from discrimination.

On the first anniversary of the Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan, Marci Ien, minister for women and gender equality and youth, announced up to $1.9 million in funding for seven 2SLGBTQI+ organizations in the Ottawa region through the 2SLGBTQI+ Community Capacity Fund. This announcement builds on a series of initiatives undertaken as part of the continuously evolving, whole-of-government approach adopted to “Building our future, with pride,” the title of the Action Plan.

Since the launch of the Action Plan, the government of Canada has been actively working to advance rights and equality for 2SLGBTQI+ people in Canada.

Here are a few examples of this year’s accomplishments:

  • Continuing to invest directly in 2SLGBTQI+ organizations through the Projects Fund and Community Capacity Fund (as part of the historic commitment of $100 million identified in the Action Plan);
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the government of Canada’s partnership with non-profit organization Rainbow Railroad to protect 2SLGBTQI+ refugees and welcome them to Canada;
  • Providing $1.5 million in emergency support to help Pride organizations amidst the rise in hate across Canada;
  • Investing $25 million to establish the 2SLGBTQI+ Entrepreneurship Program, the first program of its kind worldwide;
  • Expunging historically unjust convictions that targeted LGBTQI+ people (bawdy houses and indecency-related offences);
  • Improving access to sexual and reproductive health services for Indigenous and 2SLGBTQI+ communities through the Sexual Reproductive Health Fund;
  • In fall 2023, the government of Canada will begin to launch a research implementation plan (up to $7.7 million) to support new community-led research, as well as new data collection to inform future 2SLGBTQI+ initiatives.

The work does not stop there. The path forward will continue to be focused on collaborative work by the government of Canada and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, organizations, and individuals.

At a time when discriminatory and hate speech continue to persist, the government of Canada aims to educate Canadians on the importance of celebrating our differences to promote understanding of 2SLGBTQI+ communities and issues.

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