Québec city, August 7, 2017 – Nearly $1.8 million in financial aid was granted to support the first Canada Pride festival, which will be held in Montreal this August from the 11th to the 20th. The festival aims to promote the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community across Canada.
Canada Pride is a nation-wide first that brings together 80 LGBT festivals. Organized by Montréal Pride, it is a major celebration that hosts a wide-range of activities including the Equality & Legality International Conference on Sexual & Gender Diversity in the Francophonie presented by the Government of Quebec. The event will close with the now traditional Pride Parade, which brings together tens of thousands of people out on the streets of Montreal.
For our government, protecting human rights and freedoms and the fight against any and all kinds of discrimination is a priority. Although we make significant progress every year, we have to continue our efforts to make our society even more fair and inclusive. We recognize the importance of partners such as Montréal Pride and Canada Pride in helping us achieve this goal. Together, let’s continue building a Quebec free from discrimination against sexual orientation, identity or gender expression.
– Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard
During our year-long celebration of the 375th anniversary of Montréal, Canada Pride shines a light on the spirit of our inclusive city. Our city is known all around the world for its commitment to diversity and its defence of LGBT rights. The Government of Quebec is proud to support an event that reflects these values.
– Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for the Montréal region
The promotion and protection of human rights, especially those of LGBT people is a priority for the Government of Quebec, both on its territory and internationally. The government’s new international policy ‘Québec on the world stage: involved, engaged and thriving’ commits it further to the cause. Through our network of offices abroad, we are helping to promote equality and diversity all over the world.
– Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
Canada Pride is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the progress made in terms of legal and social equality for sexual minorities. It is also an opportunity to continue to learn and create better practices to ensure the respect and well-being of the LGBT community. For our government, it was important to support the first Canada-wide festival that represents the values of inclusion and awareness contained in our new action plan to fight against homophobia and transphobia.
– Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Quebec and Minister responsible for the fight against homophobia
I am pleased with the support the Government of Quebec is willing to provide to Canada Pride. This significant Canada-wide event will make Montréal a beacon for diversity both here and abroad by hosting hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic tourists.
– Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region
The Ministère des Affaires Municipales et de l’Occupation du Territoire’s metropolitan region secretariat has granted Montréal Pride $1.5 million in financial aid to help with the organization of Canada Pride.
$300,000 was granted by the Ministère des Relations Internationales et de la Francophonie for the organization of the Equality & Legality International Conference on Sexual & Gender Diversity in the Francophonie as part of Canada Pride.
$26,000 comes from the Ministère du Tourisme’s tourism development program for financial aid to festivals and tourism events.
The Government Action Plan against Homophobia and Transphobia 2017 – 2022: Québec, rich in its diversity was launched on May 17. Supported by a budget of $10 million over five years, the plan promotes the respect of LGBT rights and helps raise public awareness of the realities LGBT people face. It also continues the efforts of the first action plan by the same name and applies the principles of the Québec Policy Against Homophobia, which was launched in 2009.