Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), in collaboration with Tourism HR Canada (THRC), are developing a comprehensive LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Program aiming to help businesses and communities certify their status as LGBT+ friendly.
As an important step toward finalizing and launching the accreditation program, we are testing it in the field in January 2021. We invite you to participate in the Field Test as an Applicant.
Businesses will benefit from guidelines that provide information, advice and resources on ensuring that LGBT+ customers feel welcome and accepted. Accredited businesses will be able to demonstrate and market themselves as safe destinations for the LGBT+ market with progressive policies and practices as well as exceptional service standards.
By participating in our field test, successful applicants will receive a complimentary 1 year CGLCC membership. (Note: Successful applicants that are currently members of CGLCC will receive a free 1 year renewal).
There is no cost to participate in the field test. As this is a field test, applicants will not receive accreditation regardless of the results of the application – however applicants are welcome to participate in the formal accreditation process once officially launched.
Field Test Applicants will be expected to:
1. Complete the below Application Form.
2. Take part in a brief initial telephone interview with an Assessor.
3. Schedule and take part in an in-depth interview with an Assessor to review your information. The Assessor may also ask to schedule one to five interviews with others to complete the assessment (e.g., customers, suppliers, etc.).
4. Provide feedback on the application and assessment process and field test materials.
Each assessment is expected to take one half-day (0.5), but may take longer depending if further analysis is required. The time required for each assessment will depend on the size of your business/organization and amount of material to be reviewed. The Field Test of the assessment process will take place in January 2021.
The deadline to apply to the LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Pilot Program is January 13, 2021.
If you would like to participate in the LGBT+ Safe Space Accreditation Pilot Program as a Field Test Applicant, please complete the form below.