TORONTO — Tourism HR Canada (THRC) and Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) are developing a comprehensive LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Pilot Program aiming to help businesses, organizations and communities certify their status as LGBTQ2 friendly.
The program is being developed thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.
Applications are currently open to participate in the pilot program, with Jan. 6, 2021, as the deadline to participate as a Field Test Applicant. Businesses of any size, community organizations, and government agencies are encouraged to apply.
Businesses will benefit from guidelines that provide information, advice and resources on ensuring that LGBTQ2 customers feel welcome and accepted. Accredited businesses will be able to demonstrate and market themselves as safe destinations for the LGBTQ2 market with progressive policies and practices, as well as exceptional service standards.
There is no cost to participate in the field test. Participants will not receive accreditation regardless of the results of the application, however applicants are welcome to participate in the formal accreditation process once officially launched. Field-test participants will receive a complimentary one-year CGLCC membership (one-year renewal for existing members).
Applications can be submitted at cglcc.ca.