We will provide more funding to LGBTQ2 organizations doing work in the community.
Members of the LGBTQ2 community and their allies have always been on the frontlines of the fight to make it easier for people to love honestly and live openly.
To support this important and life-saving work, we will move forward with additional investments to help more LGBTQ2 organizations hire staff, expand services and reach a greater number of people. This will be supported by an investment of $10 million a year, over three years.
We will amend the Criminal Code to ban the practice of conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy is a scientifically discredited practice that targets vulnerable LGBTQ2 Canadians in an attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. There is international consensus in the medical community that conversion therapy is not founded in science and does not work.
To ensure that no one is subjected to this practice, we will move forward on our promise to work with provinces and territories to end conversion therapy in Canada, including making amendments to the Criminal Code that will prohibit this harmful and scientifically disproven practice, especially against minors.
We will make sure that LGBTQ2 people get the mental health support they need.
The challenges that LGBTQ2 people face – from bullying and discrimination to isolation and alienation – are closely linked to their higher rates of mental health challenges, including an increased prevalence of suicide and suicide-related behaviour. To support more LGBTQ2 people in need, earlier this year we launched a pan-Canadian, 24/7 mental health crisis hotline.
To ensure that the community continues to be well-served by hotlines and other support services, we will move forward with an additional investment of $2 million a year to continue this work, including support lines that provide sexual education.
We will end the discriminatory blood donation ban.
In 2015, we promised to end the blood donation ban – one that is discriminatory to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. Since then, that lifetime ban was reduced to one year, then down to three months in 2019. But we know there is more to do.
We are committed to eliminating the ban altogether, and will move forward in partnership with Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec to support the implementation of a behaviour-based model that eliminates the ban once and for all.