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Ottawa, Sep 8 (Canadian-Media): David Lametti, Canada's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced Sep 8 funding of $125,784 to Egale Canada through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program to provide with public legal education and information LGBTQ2 Canadians, who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A non-profit organisation, Egale Canada aims to improve the lives of LGBTQ2 people in Canada by informing public policy, and promoting human rights and inclusion, through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.
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A study conducted by Egale Canada April 2020 found that more than half (52%) of Canada's LGBTQ2 households have faced lay-offs or reduced employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to 39% of overall Canadian households with nearly 60% of LGBTQ2 respondents reporting that they expect their mental health to be negatively impacted in the next 2 months compared to only 42% of the general public.
“LGBTQ2 rights are human rights, and no one should have to face additional hardships because of who they are or who they love. We are proud to partner with Egale Canada to provide additional support to LGBTQ2 Canadians who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the increased needs of the community during this already challenging time,” said Lametti in a news release.
With an aim to develop webinars in both official language, Egale Canada aims to help meet the challenging needs of LGBTQ2 individuals with intersecting, racialized identities with access to justice related to housing, employment and immigration during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Through our recent national research, we know that the LGBTQI2S community is facing alarmingly disproportionate impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding from Justice Canada will help us address the gaps we’re seeing in immigration, housing, and employment by providing LGBTQI2S people across Canada with the resources and supports they need during this difficult time,” said Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Canada in a news release.