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Canada’s first Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan… Building our future, with pride

Foreword

In 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a historic apology to LGBT Purge survivors and LGBTQ2 communities. Since then, the Government of Canada has prioritized building a safer and more consciously inclusive country by developing a number of initiatives that directly support 2SLGBTQI+ communities. While progress has been made, 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada continue to face long-standing barriers to full freedom and equality in society.

The Government of Canada has developed and identified measures that will respond to key priorities for Canada’s diverse 2SLGBTQI+ communities in the first-ever Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan.

The Action Plan aims to advance rights, improve social, economic, and health outcomes for 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians:

  • Two-Spirit
  • Lesbian
  • Gay
  • Bisexual
  • Transgender
  • Queer
  • Intersex
  • + is inclusive of people who identify as part of sexual and gender diverse communities, who use additional terminologies
cover page of the Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan

Read the full Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan

Creating a more equitable Canada 

Launched on August 28, 2022, Canada’s first Action Plan aims at advancing rights and equality for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and additional sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people in Canada. 

This Plan intends to create a more equitable Canada for 2SLGBTQI+ communities, for present and future generations. The Action Plan builds upon work the Government of Canada has done since 2015 to address persisting disparities faced by 2SLGBTQI+ communities and to build a safer, more inclusive country. 

The Action Plan includes several new initiatives, organized in 6 priority areas, to be implemented over the next five years. The Action Plan and initiatives were based on an extensive engagement process with 2SLGBQTI+ community members, organizations, advocates and experts, the Plan focuses on the following six priority areas:

Prioritize and sustain 2SLGBTQI+ community action

 Objective: to support the growth, sustainability and leadership of 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations in advocating for and serving the communities they represent. 

Continue to advance and strengthen 2SLGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad  

Objective: to promote and continue strengthening the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada and abroad. 

Support Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ resilience and resurgence 

Objective: to support the resilience and resurgence of Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ communities as the first 2SLGBTQI+ communities

Engage everyone in Canada in fostering a 2SLGBTQI+ inclusive future 

Objective: to raise awareness and improve understanding of 2SLGBTQI+ communities and issues.

Strengthen 2SLGBTQI+ data and evidence-based policy making 

Objective: to improve data collection, analysis, research and knowledge on 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Canada. 

Embed 2SLGBTQI+ issues in the work of the Government of Canada 

Objective: to strengthen mechanisms to advance 2SLGBTQI+ issues and ensure coordinated Government of Canada responses to community priorities.

Annex 1: Summary of findings and initiative

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