March 31, 2020

Yesterday, nearly 100 organizations across Canada sent a letter to the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, to express the critical importance of ensuring that vulnerable sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or sex characteristics (SOGIESC) communities are included in actions undertaken by the Government of Canada to address the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

The letter comes just one day after the Prime Minister announced additional supports for organizations such as Kids Help Phone and New Horizons who are working to support vulnerable community members across Canada. It also comes the same week Egale will be releasing the numbers from a joint survey with Innovative research Group that, through our partnership was able to include LGBTQI2S people in a nationwide survey to assess the needs of people in Canada during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Our communities continue to be among the most vulnerable in Canada. During this time of uncertainty amid a global pandemic, supporting 2SLGBTQI communities continues to be more important than ever. Despite many gaps in data, we know that 2SLGBTQI people continue to face significant discrimination in all areas of life. From barriers to accessing healthcare and mental health services to facing higher rates of homelessness, poverty, and social isolation — one thing is evident, our community needs support now more than ever.

Although these are difficult times for many, we want to remind all of you that we are continuing to advocate with you for your rights and needs. We will get through this together.

See the full letter at

Helen Kennedy, Executive Director


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National Survey on Needs of LGBTQI2S People in Canada during COVID

Later this week will be releasing the results of a national survey conducted by Innovative Research Group. The survey looked at the needs of people across Canada during the COVID-19 health crisis. Through our partnership, we were able to include a portion of the survey to be on the specific needs of LGBTQI2S people nationally during this difficult time.

Follow us on social media @egalecanada to get the results when they become available.


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