Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan
COVID-19 impact on engagement activities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person activities will be limited for the foreseeable future. In order to safely reach the largest number of LGBTQ2 people in Canada, we conducted a national survey and hosted several virtual pan‑Canadian engagement activities.
Current status: Closed
On November 27, 2020, as a first step towards the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan, Minister Bardish Chagger announced the launch of the public engagement process. Various engagement activities were held to help the Government of Canada better understand the daily realities and experiences of LGBTQ2 people in Canada in areas such as employment, health, safety, housing and homelessness.
The online survey, which was the first engagement activity, closed on February 28, 2021.
Thank you for your participation – more than 25,000 LGBTQ2 people living in Canada responded to the survey.
The survey was open to anyone in Canada aged 16 or older who self-identified 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.
Visit the LGBTQ2 Action Plan Survey Findings page for insights into the survey’s findings.
Video — Share your voice
Share this page with your LGBTQ2 networks and use it to stay up to date on next steps.
The Government of Canada recognizes the historic and ongoing roles that LGBTQ2 civil society organizations play in advocating for the rights of Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people, and in building safer and more resilient communities through various grassroots initiatives. This is why we are committed to hearing from LGBTQ2 civil society organizations throughout the engagement process to build the first federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.
As part of this commitment, the LGBTQ2 Secretariat called on civil society organizations to submit written submissions from April 13, 2021 to May 31, 2021, through an online submission form. Over 50 organizations completed a form, in addition to several other partial submissions, that provided views on policies and programs that could be improved and new measures that could be undertaken as part of the Action Plan.
You can find an overview of the online submission questions in the submission guide.
Thank you for your time in completing a written submission.
Virtual roundtable discussions
The LGBTQ2 Secretariat hosted virtual roundtable discussions with diverse LGBTQ2 communities throughout spring and summer 2021.
The sessions brought together advocates, community leaders, and researchers around the following themes:
- International LGBTI Interventions and Programming – May 20, 2021
- Housing and Homelessness – June 2, 2021
- Safety and Justice – June 3, 2021
- Health and Wellbeing – June 11, 2021
- Stigma, Isolation and Resilience – June 25, 2021
- Black LGBTQ2 Communities – June 29, 2021
- Employment and Workforce – July 14, 2021
- Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ Communities – Ongoing
What is the LGBTQ2 Action Plan?
3 years ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a historic apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians, and since then, the Government of Canada has taken meaningful steps towards building a safer and consciously more inclusive country.
We know that while some progress has been made, LGBTQ2 communities in Canada continue to face long-standing barriers to full freedom and equality in society.
This is why Minister Chagger’s mandate letter includes the establishment of the first-ever Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan.
What we heard from you in the survey and engagement sessions will inform the LGBTQ2 Action Plan and guide the Government’s work to improve the social, health, and economic outcomes of diverse LGBTQ2 communities throughout Canada.
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