Rainbow Registered

Rainbow Registered LGBT+ Friendly Accreditation Program

Not only is having LGBT+-friendly policies in your company the right thing to do – it’s also good for business. That’s why Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, with Tourism HR Canada, have collaborated to launch the Rainbow Registered LGBT+ Friendly Accreditation Program.

What Does it Mean to be Rainbow Registered?

Rainbow Registered is a national accreditation for LGBT+ friendly businesses and organizations. When you see a Rainbow Registered symbol, you know the business or organization meets a stringent set of standards to ensure LGBT+ customers feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

The accreditation program grants a time-limited recognition to businesses and organizations for demonstrating compliance with the quality standard. Accredited businesses are deemed market ready for the LGBT+ customer and given the right to be associated with the program’s prestigious Rainbow Registered designation mark.


Visit the Rainbow Registered Business Directory

These businesses are accredited and demonstrate that they are committed and consistent in their efforts to provide a welcome and accepting LGBT+ customer and staff experience.

The Benefits of Accreditation

Ensure LGBT+ customers feel welcome and accepted

In addition to benefiting from guidelines that provide information and advice on ensuring LGBT+ customers feel welcome and accepted, accredited businesses will be able to demonstrate and market themselves as safe destinations for the LGBT+ market.

Listing in the Rainbow Registered directory

Accredited businesses will be listed in the Rainbow Registered directory – the national directory of businesses certified as LGBT+ friendly – and will have the opportunity to display the program’s distinguishable Rainbow Registered designation mark in their business or storefront.

Additional Benefits

  • Rainbow Registered Welcome Kit (window decal, desk card)
  • Basic listing and map inclusion in the Rainbow Registered business directory
  • Website badge
  • Access to CGLCC Associate Member Benefits

Accreditation Process

Program Pricing and Limited Time Offer

For a limited time, CGLCC is waiving the sign-up fee on Rainbow Registered applications!
*No code needed – fee will be waived at checkout.

Accreditation Program Pricing:

Type / Description


Sign Up Fee

Total Year One


Small Business
Less than 10 employees







$250 (+tax)


Medium Business

(NFP, Associations & Agencies)

10 – 99 employees







$300 (+tax)


Large Business

100+ employees







$525 (+tax)


100+ employees







$1,750 (+tax)


Review the program guide

Take the self assessment

Before beginning the application, we strongly encourage businesses to complete the following brief self-assessment to understand the program requirements.

The business/organization has established an organizational culture that is LGBT+-inclusive and affirmative. *
The business/organization’s policies and practices are non-discriminatory and respectful of sexual orientation and gender identity. *
The business/organization provides diversity and inclusion training for staff and volunteers and contributes to public education on diversity and inclusion. *
The business/organization demonstrates leadership and commitment to LGBT+ inclusion beyond its day-to-day operations. *


Based on your self assessment, your business/organization should apply for this program.


At this time your organization/business does not appear to meet the program standards. You can connect with a CGLCC staff member to discuss Diversity and Inclusion learning opportunities.

Complete the Application Form

Register for a CGLCC account and then complete the application form. Once your application has been received, an assessor will connect with you to review your submission and related supporting documents*. All information supplied is kept confidential and applicants will receive a notification confirming receipt of their application form and payment.

*Once your application is complete you will have the option to upload supporting documents.


After all the documents on the checklist are received, CGLCC will coordinate an assessment to review the company documentation and verify information in the application.

Decision and Next Steps

CGLCC will notify applicants of the decision and of next steps. Applicants who do not meet the standard for accreditation will be provided with feedback on any gaps and recommendations for improvement.


  • All application fees are non-refundable.
  • Fee is based on single property/business assessment. Additional locations will be required to pay a participation fee and will require approval from an assessor.
  • Accreditation is valid for three years.
  • Renewals in years 2 & 3 will be required to submit a signed attestation (no changes in policy, no complaints or issues reported)
Select Company Size
Small Business (10 employees or less)$250 / year for 3 years
Medium Business, Associations, Agencies & NFP (11-49 employees)$400 / year for 3 years
Large Businesses (50-99 employees)$525 / year for 3 years
Corporates (100+ Employees)$1,750 / year for 3 years