Funding addresses key challenges and advances equity for 2SLGBTQI+ communities in PEI

News release

February 3, 2023 – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — Women and Gender Equality Canada

Every Canadian deserves to fully participate in all spheres of society, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Through project funding, the Government of Canada is protecting 2SLGBTQI+ equality and continuing to address systemic discrimination.

Today, Parliamentary Secretary, Jenna Sudds, on behalf of the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth announced up to $164,571 in funding to PEERS Alliance, an organization that supports those living with and at risk for HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections in PEI. The PEERS Alliance project funding will help 2SLGBTQI+ communities in PEI overcome barriers and achieve better treatment when accessing services.

Projects such as this one will further support federal efforts to advance equality for 2SLGBTQI+ communities facing barriers due to intersecting identity factors. This includes people identifying as Indigenous, Black, or racialized; seniors; youth; those living with a disability; Canadians from rural and remote communities; and official language minority 2LGBTQI+ communities.

The Government of Canada will continue to work closely with 2SLGBTQI+ communities and partners to protect 2SLGBTQI+ rights and build a safer, more equitable and inclusive Canada.


“Thanks to their professional interventions and sensitive approach, PEERS Alliance offers a variety of programs and services targeted to 2SLGBTQI+ communities. The incredible work that I’ve witnessed from organizations like PEERS Alliance is moving the dial to achieving equality and enhancing the ability for individuals to live a life free of judgment and bias.”

Jenna Sudds, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Organizations like PEERS Alliance do great work for the 2SLGBTQI+ community in Prince Edward Island. This project will be uniquely helpful for Islanders who need support accessing services. This funding will make an important impact and represents a vote of confidence by your Government in the ability of PEERS Alliance to deliver.”

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Quick facts

  • On May 17, 2022, WAGE launched a call for proposals for community-informed initiatives that will address key challenges and advance equality for 2SLGBTQI+ communities.

  • Budget 2022 committed $100 million to the 2SLGBTQI+ Federal Action Plan providing:

    • up to $40 million in new capacity-building grants and contributions for 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations; 

    • up to $35 million in new project grants and contributions for 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations; 

    • up to $5.6 million to enhance inclusion and address stigma and discrimination against 2SLGBTQI+ communities through an awareness campaign; 

    • up to $7.7 million to conduct new data collection and research activities that will inform future 2SLGBTQI+ initiatives;

    • up to $11.7 million to stabilize and expand funding for the 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat.  

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Johise Namwira
Press Secretary and Issues Manager
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

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