Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) and the Tourism Innovation Lab have announced the launch of a 2SLGBTQ+ “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program in Southern Ontario.
The organizations are looking to spark new 2SLGBTQ+ led tourism ideas that will enhance Southern Ontario’s current tourism offerings, create high-quality tourism experiences, address gaps in tourism products and services, motivate longer stays and repeat visits, and increase year-round visits and tourism spending.
Through this work, they aspire to make the tourism sector more diverse, equitable and inclusive.
The 2SLGBTQ+ “Spark” Program will provide selected applicants with mentorship, $5,000 in services, and a CGLCC support package valued at over $1,500 to help them get started with their new tourism ideas.Darrell Schuurman, CEO and Co-Founder, CGLCC, said: “The CGLCC is committed to ensuring the Canadian economy is inclusive and accessible for 2SLGBTQ+ business owners. We are beyond excited to be working with the Tourism Innovation Lab on this “Spark” Program for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Southern Ontario; it aligns closely with our mission of championing 2SLGBTQ+ businesses in Canada.”
Schuurman continued: “Additionally, we are happy to be contributing a support package for the three successful applicants, which includes support through our Rainbow Registered 2SLGBTQ+ safe space accreditation program, our 2SLGBTQ+ diversity & inclusion training offerings, and more resources aimed at helping the winning ideas flourish.” […]
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