‘A strong economy is an inclusive economy’: Hamilton Chamber to host webinar on LGBTQ inclusive accreditation program


The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a webinar aimed at helping businesses become recognized as “inclusive and safe spaces” for members of the city’s LGBTQ community.

Earlier this week, the Hamilton chamber announced it would be partnering with Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) to offer local businesses the Rainbow Registered accreditation.

Created by CGLCC and Tourism HR Canada, the program recognizes organizations that are inclusive of the queer community while helping customers, partners, clients and potential employees discover LGBTQ-friendly businesses.

The program also lays out standards that businesses and organizations must meet to receive the accreditation — with the four key areas being policies and practices, training, commitment to inclusive leadership and a culture of inclusivity.

In a statement to The Spectator, Hamilton Chamber CEO Marie Nash said “a strong economy is an inclusive economy, where all members of the (LGBTQ) community feel welcome and safe to visit, shop, dine and work.”

The city’s chamber has its Rainbow Registered accreditation, according to a press release.

The partnership comes less than a year after the chamber launched its Pride Community Pages in collaboration with Pride Hamilton.

The online directory showcases businesses and organizations that are owned by, friendly to, or provide a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community.

In an email to The Spectator, the chamber said they hope the latest program builds on previous initiatives and “raises awareness for what it takes to offer an inclusive and safe space to members of the (LGBTQ) community.”

Businesses and organizations of any size and from all industries can apply for the program. Those that are granted accreditation will be listed on a “soon-to-be-launched” website that will feature Rainbow Registered businesses across Canada.

The free online webinar will take place on April 5 from noon to 1 p.m. Interested organizations can register through the chamber’s website.

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