Canada invests $100 million in ‘historic’ action plan for 2SLGBT communities

Canada is pledging $100 million to fund what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is touting as the country’s first five-year federal plan to support 2SLGBT communities.

Trudeau says 75% of the funding will go to community organizations focused on diversity and inclusion.

The news comes on the last day of Pride celebrations in Ottawa, which conclude with the first in-person parade after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, hailed the action plan alongside Trudeau, saying the funds are for « all those people who are fighting to be heard and accepted. »

People march in the Montreal Pride Parade earlier this month. The announcement of the federal action plan came on the same day as the planned Pride parade in Ottawa. (Peter McCabe/The Canadian Press)

She says the strategy was created after several years of consultation and research with members of the LGBT and Two-Spirit communities.

She says more than $5 million of the funding will go towards launching an awareness campaign to « keep communities safe and educate the general public. »


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