Becoming a more inclusive community


Our city is home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and each of us play a role in creating a welcoming city for everyone.

Family Services Ottawa, a United Way partner, provides free community development, education and workshops on LGBTQ+ individuals and families through its Around the Rainbow program.

The training provided by Family Services Ottawa helps organizations and individuals learn about gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, human rights, inclusive language and more, so that everyone can feel equally accepted in Ottawa.

In 2016, in partnership with Capital Pride, United Way launched Path to Pride: a community initiative that invites Ottawa to both celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ community.

The LGBTQ+ community faces a diverse range of challenges including discrimination (homophobia and transphobia), bullying, a need for accessible counselling and support, and a desire for more inclusive social and healthcare spaces.

United Way is proud to support programs like Around the Rainbow that help LGBTQ+ children and youth, families, and seniors address these and many other issues.



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