Investments in LGBTQ2 community to help Canada welcome world

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Backgrounder

May 22, 2019

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“The Montréal Pride festival greatly appreciates this announcement. We are pleased with the openness shown toward Canadian Pride organizations and the recognition of their considerable contributions to our country’s tourism industry. On that point, let’s remember that more than 2.1 million people attend Montréal Pride every year. With this announcement, the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie is strengthening Canada’s international leadership position as one of the most inclusive destinations, and this at a time when Montréal prepares to welcome the world in 2023 for WorldPride!”

– François Laberge, Director of Communications, Montréal Pride 2019

“Pride Toronto is incredibly thankful for this award from the Government of Canada. This award allows Pride Toronto to grow the festival and grow our economic impact in the future. We would like to thank the Honourable Mélanie Joly and Minister Morneau for their support of Prides all over the country, furthering Canada’s support for the LGBTQ2+ community at home and abroad.”

– Olivia Nuamah, Executive Director, Pride Toronto

“Vancouver is already a popular and safe destination for LGBTQA2+ tourists, especially given the political climate in many places around the world. This increased funding from the Government of Canada will finance key initiatives like QTBIPOC-centred events, enhanced accessibility services and year-round events that will attract even more visitors to our beautiful city on the coast.”

– Andrea Arnot, Executive Director, Vancouver Pride Society

“Pride festivals and LGBTQ2 cultural organizations are an important part of Canada’s culture and economy. This announcement will be welcome news to Pride organizations with growing festivals from coast to coast to coast. We are particularly excited that Prides in rural areas, medium-sized cities and the North will also be able to access funding to help them attract tourists.”

– Heather Hay, President, Fierté Canada Pride

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