Canada’s first 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan makes big promises, but does it go far enough?

The federal government has promised $100 million for organizations serving 2SLGBTQI+ communities over the next five years.

Why It Matters

Most 2SLGBTQI+-serving organizations currently rely on project-based financing and volunteers, which can lead to burnout and instability. Predictable funding has the potential to grow the capacity of 2SLGBTQI+ non-profits and social enterprises.

It’s a move many are calling historic; a five-year federal 2SLGBTQI+ action plan prioritizing community initiatives and organizations.

“This action plan is undoubtedly a deep shift in Canadian public policy,” said Tyler Boyce, executive director of Enchanté Network, which connects 2SLGBTQI+ organizations across the country while advocating for sustainable financing.

“Funding for queer and trans communities cannot only be project funding where you get money, then the project ends and that’s it. That doesn’t work in our sector,” said Boyce, referring to existing funding models. “There needed to be an investment in capacity so that the sector can actually have the chance to grow.”

And now there has been.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement in Ottawa ahead of the city’s Capital Pride Parade on August 28. First promis

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