Government of Canada shows its pride by supporting 2SLGBTQAI+ events in Vancouver

July 31, 2022 at 2:53 pm  Federal, Politics

Funding will support the Vancouver Pride Society to expand its programming during the Vancouver Pride Festival and beyond

Sunday, July 31, 2022 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Pacific Economic Development Canada

COVID-19 had a significant impact on Canadian tourism as travel restrictions, both domestically and internationally, reduced visits to attractions across the country. The Government of Canada created the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) to support tourism businesses and organizations, like the Vancouver Pride Society, to invest in their future growth while safely welcoming visitors once again.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced $450,000 in funding to the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) to expand its programming by adding additional events during the Vancouver Pride Festival in the summer as well as new events in the fall and winter seasons.

For over forty years, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has produced events that were critical to advocating for and celebrating the 2SLGBTQAI+ community in the Lower Mainland. In 2022, the VPS’ signature programming returned to in-person, community-focused events that draw an estimated 400,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.

Federal funding will help the VPS offer new programming that will boost the local economy and strengthen the community by attracting over 15,000 more 2SLGBTQAI+ visitors and allies from across Canada and around the world.

The Government of Canada continues to deliver on its plan for a robust economic recovery, including supporting tourism businesses and community spaces as they resume their activities safely. In British Columbia, the TRF is being delivered by PacifiCan, the Government of Canada’s new regional development agency dedicated to strengthening British Columbia’s economy.

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