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.
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.
- 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
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.
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)