Supplier Diversity

One out of every forty businesses in Canada is LGBT+-owned, but these businesses continue to deal with discirmination and prejudice. There’s a need to connect them directly with supportive business leaders to help them sustain and grow their business.

At the same time, progressive corporations are recognizing the social and economic benefits of diversifying their supply chains. Some of these corporations now even have procurement staff with annual objectives for supplier diversity. By certifying LGBT+ businesses and connecting them to organizations looking to contribute to an inclusive Canadian economy, we’re helping create a more level playing field in the corporate supply world.

LGBT+ Owned Business

If you are a business that’s at least 51% LGBT+-owned, operated and controlled, and you meet the rest of our qualifications, we can certify your business and help you leverage your position as a diverse supplier.

Corporations, Organizations & Government Bodies

We work with you to understand the LGBT+ market and connect you with our certified LGBT+ suppliers. Stay on the leading edge of diversity practices with us. We can assist you in setting up your supplier diversity program and to leverage the tools that exist to support your corporate goals.

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The Benefits of Certification

As a certified supplier, you’ll be exposed to unique purchasing opportunities and contracts. You’ll also have the opportunity to network directly with procurement staff for large organizations with goals for diverse practices.

In order to access our network of supplier diversity professionals and to enjoy the benefits of their diverse procurement practices, you need to certify your business. CGLCC has a certification program that ensures corporations’ resources go to deserving suppliers like you.

How to Obtain Certification

Certification Criteria

Consistency in the review and certification of LGBT+-owned, operated and controlled businesses is key to a fair system. Because there is a concerted effort to put real resources toward working with diverse suppliers in Canada, it needs to be authenticated.

As the certifying body for LGBT+ businesses in Canada, we work with similar bodies that certify businesses owned, operated and controlled by women, visible minorities and Indigenous people. Together, these groups form the Supplier Diversity Alliance Canada. CGLCC has developed standardized procedures to ensure certification remains an indicator of legitimacy and that each business we certify meets strict criteria.

As long as the below criteria are met, CGLCC will certify sole-proprietor businesses as well as larger companies.

To be certified by the CGLCC as an LGBT+ business enterprise, an applicant must:

  • Operate in Canada
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Be able to operate as a supplier of products or services to other businesses


In addition, the applicant’s business must:

  • Be a for-profit enterprise
  • Be substantially owned, operated and controlled by LGBT+ individuals

For the purpose of certification by CGLCC, that means:

  • The business must be at least 51% owned and operated by self-identified LGBT+ individuals (self-identification is corroborated and verified)
  • In the case of publicly-owned businesses, at least 51% of the company’s shares would have to be owned by one or more such individuals meeting the same criteria
  • The management and daily operations of these businesses must be controlled by LGBT+ individuals

Certification Process

Step 1: Application

As part of your certification, you will need to complete the below online application and submit the below document:

  1. A declaration of LGBT+ status – That individual must also complete and sign a declaration self-identifying as LGBT+

Once your registration with the chamber is complete, an auditor will connect with you to review these forms and related supporting documents. All information supplied is kept confidential and applicants will receive a notification confirming receipt of their application forms and payment.

Step 2: Review & Verification

Once CGLCC has reviewed your application and ensured its completion, we will contact you with a checklist of documents, reports and related information that must be made available for assessment.

If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified and invited to resubmit.

Step 3: Assessment

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.

Step 4: Certification

Once the assessment is complete, the assessor sends the completed report and checklist to CGLCC.

If all requirements have been met, CGLCC will approve the certification and notify the applicant. Then, the certified business will be added to our national database, with basic contact and company information provided to our network of organizations seeking vendors and business partners.

The business will also receive a certificate they can use as proof they meet the criteria of a diverse supplier, as well as logos that can be used on websites and correspondence to identify the business as a CGLCC Certified Supplier. The certification is valid for one year, after which time, a certification renewal is required (including all applicable charges).

If, at this time, all certification requirements have not been met, CGLCC will notify the applicant that their request for certification has been declined (with reasons identified). No refund is provided.