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Government of Canada Invests More Than $150,000 to Advance Gender Equality in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous women, women with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, as well as newcomers, Black, racialized, and migrant women are all disproportionately impacted by longstanding inequities. Through support for Manitoba-based organizations that advance gender equality and work to break down barriers, individuals in these communities will be able to fully participate in the economic, social, and democratic life in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, visited the Rainbow Resource Centre and announced more than $150,000 for two Manitoba-based organizations to advance gender equality in their communities:

  • $26,390 for the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba to conduct research and make policy recommendations to ensure that Manitoba’s COVID-19 recovery is responsive to and supportive of the needs of marginalized communities
  • $127,144 for the Rainbow Resource Centre to strengthen its capacity and improve the inclusiveness of policies and practices with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

These projects will improve the wellbeing of women and gender-diverse individuals and will help ensure that women and gender-diverse individuals and their families and communities can prosper—creating a more inclusive Canada for all.


“As a society, we cannot progress if women and gender-diverse individuals continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully accessing economic, social, and leadership opportunities. I applaud the Rainbow Resource Centre, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, and all other organizations working to advance gender equality in Canada. It’s through collaboration that we’ll make a difference.”

The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Capacity building is often neglected by funders who prefer to support outcomes related to service delivery. We are deeply grateful that Women and Gender Equality Canada understands the importance of strengthening internal processes to support long-term sustainability and success. The $127,144 funding will help the Rainbow Resource Centre nurture inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.”

Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre

“The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to hire our first staff member, who is focused on bringing a Gender-Based Analysis Plus perspective to Manitoba and building capacity for an intersectional feminist recovery. The IIWR-MB is rooted in five values, one of which is collaborating with the wider community to raise issues related to gender equity, justice, and power within governments, institutions, and systems in order to achieve our vision of a world where dignity, gender equity, and justice are actualized for all people. The funding provided allows us to take action within our values towards such a world.”

Teruni Walaliyadde and Christine Williams, Co-chairs of the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba project is funded through the Women’s Program, while the Rainbow Resource Centre project is funded via the Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program. 
  • Women are less likely than men to participate in the labour force, partly because women take on a greater share of unpaid domestic and care responsibilities while being more likely to hold part-time or temporary jobs. As a result, women, particularly older women, have less earning ability and lower overall economic security.
  • Since November 2015, the Government of Canada has significantly increased funding to women’s and equality-seeking organizations, providing more than $488 million to over 1,100 projects to ensure that everyone can participate fully in Canadian society.
  • Budget 2022 demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to supporting an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for women and LGBTQ2 communities. Key gender equity investments in this budget include:
    • $539.3 million over five years to work with provinces and territories to enhance services and support to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
    • $25 million over two years to establish a national pilot project for the Menstrual Equity Fund to help make menstrual products available to Canadians in need
    • $100 million over five years to support the implementation of the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan to support an equal Canada for LGBTQ2 people.
  • Since April 2020, approximately $300 million in emergency COVID-19 funding has been committed to organizations supporting individuals experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This includes over $230 million provided to date to over 1,300 women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations that provide critical support and services to those experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This funding has helped ensure continuity of services throughout the pandemic and is enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of gender-based violence organizations.
    • Because of this funding, more than 1.3 million individuals experiencing violence have had a place to go and access to support during the pandemic. 
  • Budget 2021 provided $55 million over five years to bolster the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide gender-based violence prevention programs aimed at addressing the root causes of violence. A call for proposals for this funding closed in March 2022, and Women and Gender Equality Canada will be announcing the recipients this fall.
  • Other recent investments to support LGBTQ2 communities include $15 million over three years, starting in 2021–22, for a new, distinct LGBTQ2 Projects Fund dedicated to supporting community-informed initiatives to overcome key issues facing LGBTQ2 communities. Recipients of this fund will be announced this fall.

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Amazon Canada unveils Fièr.e.s, a colouring book for raising employee awareness of the experiences of people in the LGBTQ2S+ community

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 2, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Amazon Canada unveiled Fièr.e.s [Proud], a project to raise awareness among the company’s Quebec employees on the realities encountered by their peers who are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. In the form of a colouring book and collection of true stories, Fièr.e.s shares the experience of five Amazon employees

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in Quebec and Canada who tell their stories as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The 50-page book with their stories accompanied by their portraits for colouring is being distributed to staff members of all Amazon centres in Quebec to encourage an engaged, constructive dialogue on inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Book Fièr.e.s, Amazon Canada. Preface by Chris Bergeron and illustrations by Maxime Prévost (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)
Book Fièr.e.s, Amazon Canada. Preface by Chris Bergeron and illustrations by Maxime Prévost (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

“At Amazon, our teams are made up of people from all sorts of backgrounds with unique life experiences,” says Zoya Zayler, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Canada. “We’re so proud to launch Fièr.e.s to raise awareness about the various realities of our employees; It is our goal to continue to make our workplace an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and values its positive impact.” 

“When I talk about my job at Amazon, I’m proud to tell people it’s a safe place where I feel respected and valued,” said Yahir Castillo, Human Resources Business Partner, YUL2, Montreal. “There are so many programs, initiatives and activities that are implemented to ensure an inclusive work atmosphere. Fièr.e.s is the perfect example of this, and the impact projects like this can have on the lives of employees is immense.”

To bring Fièr.e.s to life, Amazon worked with Chris Bergeron, the established Quebec author of the novels Valide and Vaillante, who endorsed the book’s texts and wrote its preface. Visual artist Maxime Prévost created all the illustrations for the project.

Pride is contagious; that is its strongest quality. One person’s pride awakens another’s. That is the value, the usefulness of the few portraits you are holding in your hands. Spend some time with these touching testimonials. Embellish the illustrations, by Maxime Prévost, which accompanied them with all the colours of the rainbow.

It’s through small gestures like these that we push back the darkness.

Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)
Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

– Chris Bergeron (translated excerpt from the preface of Fièr.e.s)

This initiative is part of Amazon’s efforts in line with its mission to become Earth’s Best Employer by creating inclusive workplaces where diversity is celebrated and where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and advance.

You can take a look at Fièr.e.s at the Amazon booth at Montréal Pride on Friday, August 5. The company will also be there on Sunday, August 7, when several dozen staff members from the greater Montréal area will participate in the Pride Parade.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon.
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Glamazon Affinity Group

Glamazon is one of the 14 affinity groups at Amazon that helps connect, support, and empower communities of employees across the globe. The affinity group aims to raise awareness about LGBTQ2S+ issues and promote opportunities for engagement both inside and outside the company through mentorship and social gatherings, year-round. There are currently more than 40 Glamazon chapters around the world, including a chapter in Quebec.

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2021 Montréal Pride Festival – A Return to Basics for the 2021 Pride March: In-person For All on August 15th!

MONTREAL, July 15, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – The Montréal Pride Festival today confirmed that its flagship event, The Pride March, is back as an in-person event on August 15 and invited the public to assemble as of noon at Jeanne-Mance park for one of the first physical gatherings in support of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities since the beginning of the pandemic with participants marching along a new route! The event will be adapted to the current health context which does not authorize a Parade as traditionally held, and return to the roots of the Pride movement by handing back the public space to participating communities. Under the theme “Together for All”, this year’s Pride March with no vehicles, floats or contingents, will be focusing all the attention on the voices and opinions of our sexually and gender diverse communities so that their demands may be highlighted in a context where because of the pandemic, they had recently been made close to invisible.

Starting at noon, participants who do not need to register in advance, will be welcomed at the assembly point in Jeanne-Mance Park, at the corner of Mont-Royal and Park avenues, for the departure at 1 p.m. Heading South on Park Avenue, the March will continue to René-Lévesque Boulevard and turn East towards Atateken Street where it will turn left and come to an end in the Village, on Ste. Catherine Street.  At 2:30 p.m., the traditional Moment of Silence will be held, in memory of the victims of HIV/AIDS and of homophobia. Banners, streamers, decorative and advocacy placards with messages of demands and claims will be authorized and even encouraged under the condition that the respect and safety of all be ensured.

« For some years now, the Festival’s team has sought to highlight the spirit and the community contributions of the various 2SLGBTQI+ communities and this year, the pandemic has somewhat imposed it on us. The first demonstration in favor of the Montréal 2SLGBTQI+ communities’ rights was held in 1979, organised by the Pink Brigade and its founder John Banks with 52 marchers participating. It is therefore with great pride that we confirm not only the holding in its original march form of the most mobilizing event of the Festival but also of a unifying activity open to all that will allow the advocacy and community aspects of the festival to shine,” says Jean-François Perrier, Interim Director of the Montréal Pride Festival.

In order to abide by the health rules in place, the use of masks is recommended and several teams will be deployed to ensure the safety of all festival goers in every respect.

The festival also unveiled the community projects which will be part of its virtual as well as in-person program of activities. These activities were set up following a call for projects from the various organizations of the sexual and gender diversity communities thanks to a record financial contribution of $85,700 provided by Montréal Pride. The projects retained include those of the following organisations: Aids Community Care Montréal (ACCM), AGIR, Aide aux Trans du Québec, Also Cool Mag, Archives gaies du Québec, Armada Montréal RFC, ASTTeQ, Centre communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montréal, Coalition des familles LGBT+, Communauté Asexuelle de Montréal, Dodgeball LGBTA Montréal, Drag Brunch MTL, Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, Ensemble-Compagnie théâtrale LGBTQ, Équipe Montréal, Fraîchement Jeudi, Helem Montréal, House of Gahd, Kiki House of Sankofa, LSTW, Néoquébec, Pet play Québec, QueerTech, Réseau des lesbiennes du Québec, REZO, Volley Boreal, Voulez-Vous Productions and Yoga Gai Zone/Mtl.

A complete list of projects classified by organisation is available here.

About the Montréal Pride Festival

Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s 2SLGBTQI+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has been promoting their rights and celebrating their cultural richness and social advances. The largest gathering of the sexually and gender diverse (SGD) communities in the Francophone world, it works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in 2SLGBTQI+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2020, the festival produced a 360 Edition with all of its festivities presented in a digital format in compliance with health measures in place then. In 2021, the festivities are being held from August 9 to 15 and will present a hybrid program mixing in-person physical events with virtual presentations. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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Bishop apologizes for Church’s treatment of LGBTQ2S+ community

TORONTO, June 25, 2021 /CNW/ – On Friday, June 25, the Right Reverend Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, apologized to the LGBTQ2S+ community in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto for the ways in which the Church has harmed its members. Bishop Asbil spoke to invited guests at St. James Cathedral in downtown Toronto, while many more watched the live stream.

The apology followed months of intentional consultation and conversation with members of the Diocese, and for Bishop Andrew personally, decades of walking alongside LGBTQ2S+ Anglicans.

“Words of welcome and inclusion, and written policies that support them, are critically important, but there are other words that need to be said,” Bishop Asbil said on Friday.

“I apologize for the teachings, words and actions that have diminished your humanity, sexuality and identity and perpetuated the sins of homophobia and transphobia in the Church.”

He also called on the Church to “reach out to those who have been marginalized by teachings, words and actions that have inflicted wounds and hurt, and to offer words of remorse in sincerity and truth.”

A video of the apology is available on the Diocese’s YouTube channel at

The Anglican Diocese of Toronto, founded in 1839, is the largest diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada by population and membership. Bishop Andrew Asbil is the chief pastor of the Diocese, with oversight of 202 parishes in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

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Take Pride in Your Take Out: SkipTheDishes Invites Canadians to Attend Virtual Drag Brunch in Support of 2SLGBTQ+ Organizations

Virtual Drag Brunch to be hosted by Stacey McKenzie of Canada’s Drag Race along with multi-city donation campaign in support of local 2SLGBTQ+ restaurants

TORONTO, June 22, 2021 /CNW/ – Looking to show your support for your neighbourhood 2SLGBTQ+ restaurant this Pride? SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest and most trusted food delivery network, will be crowning their very first Queen during a virtual Drag Brunch on Friday, June 25th for Canadians to tune into. This event will be streamed live and hosted by Canadian model and host of Canada Drag’s Race, Stacey McKenzie, who will give Canadians an opportunity to take in an interactive and high-energy Drag Brunch with their favourite take out.

Guests will be able to enjoy live performances from across the country to help raise awareness for local restaurants and partner organizations. Skip worked with their Pride partners across the country to identify four dynamic Queens from across the country to participate in the event – you can view more information on both the performers and Skip’s Pride partnerships HERE.

SkipTheDishes is a proud Canadian supporter of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and this year we are excited to introduce new initiatives that will highlight local restaurants and give our customers new ways to celebrate Pride virtually,” says Kevin Edwards, CEO SkipTheDishes. “As Pride celebrations continue to take place virtually this year, we want to continue delivering to Canadians with Pride.

In addition to the virtual event, SkipTheDishes also announced multi-city Canadian partnerships with local 2SLGBTQ+ organizations to celebrate Pride month. These partnerships are aimed at encouraging customers to continue celebrating virtually by ordering from their favourite neighbourhood restaurants on Skip in support of their Pride partners and 2SLGBTQ+ communities across the country.

Customers can easily participate by using a local donation code when checking out on the app or online and Skip will automatically donate $3 to their city’s Pride organization:

  • Montreal (FIERTEMTL21)
  • Toronto (TOPRIDE21)
  • Ottawa (CAPPRIDE21)
  • Winnipeg (WPGPRIDE21)
  • Vancouver (VANPRIDE21)

Note: Codes have no discount. Expires June 30, 11:59 Local time.

For further visibility, the new in-app “Celebrating Pride” featured tile and cuisine tag will highlight all restaurants on the Skip network that have opted-in as proud supporters of Pride or are 2SLGBTQ+ allies.

For more information and details regarding SkipTheDishes’ involvement during Pride and how to join the Drag Brunch, please visit

About SkipTheDishes
SkipTheDishes is part of Just Eat, a leading global online food delivery marketplace. SkipTheDishes connects millions of customers with over 40,000 Restaurant Partners in Canada. Since the start of the pandemic, SkipTheDishes has worked alongside their partners to help them navigate the effects of COVID-19. To date, Skip has provided over $71 million to its restaurant partners in commission rebates and order-driving initiatives, while remaining the most affordable way for customers to get food delivered across the country.

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Minister Chagger Marks Important Milestone Toward Canada’s first LGBTQ2 Action Plan

The Government of Canada shares early insights from the LGBTQ2 Survey while continuing engagement activities with Canadians

GATINEAU, QC, June 11, 2021 /CNW/ – Advancing equity and improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) communities is essential to building a society where everyone is able to participate fully and individuals are able to be their true, authentic self in every aspect of life.

On November 27, 2020, the Government of Canada launched the beginning of a formal engagement process with LGBTQ2 communities to inform Canada’s first ever federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.

Through the LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey conducted from November 2020 to February 2021, our government reached more than 25,000 LGBTQ2 people living in Canada. Survey respondents shared their lived experiences related to safety and justice, health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, employment and workplace, as well as discrimination, stigma, and resilience.

Today, the Government of Canada is pleased to share initial survey results with Canadians in the form of two “What We Heard” infographics. These will be followed by a series of thematic infographics that will be released throughout the summer.

The first two infographics include a demographic portrait of respondents and quick facts, which provide insights into some of the key findings identified from the major themes explored in the survey.

As Minister Chagger and the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 Secretariat continue their engagement process, they look forward to hearing more from communities through thematic virtual engagement sessions on priority policy issues identified in the survey.

Community inputs from the survey, written submissions, and the various engagement activities will be used to develop the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.


“To everyone who has participated in the engagement process by sharing their daily realities and personal experiences, know that your input is heard and appreciated. The policy development process, underpinned by a robust and intersectional engagement strategy and ongoing research into issues most important to LGBTQ2 communities, will inform the types of measures included in the LGBTQ2 Action Plan. I am looking forward to continuing the discussion during the virtual engagement sessions as we write a new page of history by advancing equity and improving the lives of LGBTQ2 people in Canada.”

—The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth

Quick Facts

The LGBTQ2 Survey was open to anyone in Canada age 16 or older who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, intersex, queer and/or Two-Spirit, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ2 community, but use different terms or concepts to refer to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.

While data collected cannot be generalize to the entire LGBTQ2 population in Canada, the results will provide valuable insights on the daily realities and lived experiences by various LGBTQ2 survey respondents in Canada. The survey results will also be complemented by other data sources, such as research and inputs from communities, academic and policy experts.

From April 13 to May 31, 2021, the Government of Canada also invited LGBTQ2 civil society organizations to share their views on policies and programs that could be improved, and suggested new measures that could be undertaken as part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan through an online submission process.

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Infographic: LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey – Demographic portrait of respondents

Infographic: LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey – Quick Facts

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CONTACT: For more information (media only), please contact: Emelyana Titarenko, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth,; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,

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