November 24, 2018
Public Safety Canada
All Canadians deserve to feel safe and to have their most fundamental rights protected. That is why it is important for the Government of Canada to work to address the historical and ongoing inequality faced by people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2). This is a vital part of the Government of Canada’s effort to create a stronger, more diverse, and more inclusive society.
Today, the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, on behalf of the ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced that the Government of Canada is committed to working with Pride Toronto on an initiative to increase the safety of Toronto LGBTQ2 communities.
With support from Public Safety Canada, Pride Toronto proposes an initiative to improve the relationship between Toronto LGBTQ2 communities and the criminal justice system; increase understanding of LGBTQ2 offending and victimization (including hate crimes); and contribute to the implementation of educational and prevention tools for both victims and offenders in this community.
Working with Canadian Heritage, Pride Toronto also proposes to raise awareness among Canadians of the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality. With support from Canadian Heritage, Pride Toronto intends to highlight this significant moment in our history and how it shaped Canada as a truly diverse and inclusive country.
The Government of Canada will provide $450,000 for this initiative expected to begin in early 2019.