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 Needs Assessment

What does the community want and need?

Fierté Timmins Pride partnered with ATZ consulting and key community members to survey the 2SLGBTQ+ community to determine its needs. Funding for the project was made possible by the Government of Canada's Women and Gender Equality Grant.

Prism of Opportunities: A Needs Assessment for 2SLGBTQ+ Support within the Cochrane & Temiskaming Districts of Northeneastern Ontario. (2022)

Un Prisme de Possibilités: Une Évaluation des Besoins des Communautés 2SLGBTQ+ des Districts de Cochrane et de Timiskaming, dans le Nord-Est de L'Ontario. (2022)

Resource Websites

The Genderbread Person offers a great learning tool for breaking down the differences between Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Anatomical Sex, and Attraction.

Egale works to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQ+ issues. Their site offers a variety of Educational Resources, their own Research Projects, and the organization's Legal Advocacy. Points of interest are their supports for Virtual GSAs and Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Youths. All resources are also available in English and French. 


GLSEN works to ensure that 2SLGBTQ+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. The site hosts great resources for both students and educators. The organization pilots days of action for schools such as "No Name-Calling Week" and "Day of Silence". The site is filled with guides and activities for schools to start and run their own Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs).

the 519

The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. A City of Toronto agency with an innovative model of Service, Space, and Leadership, they strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect. The agency offers resources and programs for community support, education/training, older 2SLGBTQ+, Trans-led initiatives, and much more.

pride at work

Through dialogue, education and thoughtful leadership, Pride at Work Canada empowers employers to build workplaces that celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The organization offers e-learning and resources to support an inclusive workplace.

Rainbow Health Ontario

A program of Sherbourne Health, Rainbow Health Ontario creates opportunities for the healthcare system to better serve 2SLGBTQ+ communities. RHO offers training for healthcare providers across the province to feel more clinically and culturally competent in caring for their 2SLGBTQ+ service users. RHO also supports system change by producing evidence-based print and web resources, contributing an 2SLGBTQ+ health perspective to public policy processes, acting as a research catalyst and hosting Canada’s largest 2SLGBTQ+ health conference.

Canadian AIDS society

Created in 1986, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) represents its members at the national level, guided by the voice of people living with HIV/AIDS. They are a movement built at the grassroots level and are proud of those roots. They are devoted to the idea of people working together with a certain knowledge that the stakes have never been higher and the humble notion that they can work together to dramatically change the outcomes of HIV in Canada.

lgbt youth line

LGBT YouthLine is a 2SLGBTQ+ youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. They do this by: Providing anonymous peer support and referrals; Training youth to provide support to other youth; and Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions

Rainbow camp

Welcome Friend Association's Rainbow Camp is a camp for young people who are 2-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer questioning (2SLGBTQ+) and allied youth, their siblings and children in Queer families. WFA's Rainbow Camp® is committed to developing a camp community that honours creativity, individual choice, and social justice while having fun!

Rainbow railroad

Rainbow Railroad is a global not-for-profit organization that helps LGTBQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. In a time when there are more displaced people than ever before, LGBTQI+ people are uniquely vulnerable due to systemic, state-enabled homophobia and transphobia. These factors either displace them in their own country or prevent them from escaping harm. As a result of Rainbow Railroad, more LGBTQI+ individuals will be able to access lives free from persecution.

Canadian Human rights commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is Canada's human rights watchdog. They work for the people of Canada and operate independently from the Government. The Commission helps ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are. They are responsible for representing the public interest and holding the Government of Canada to account on matters related to human rights.

Canadian gay & Lesbian Chamber
of Commerce

CGLCC is designed to elevate 2SLGBT+ businesses and foster greater diversity and inclusion across Canada’s economy. They also serve businesses looking to form more inclusive cultures or programming, offering inclusivity training and market-preparedness training for serving 2SLGBT+ clientele. They use their 2SLGBT+ expertise and research to facilitate a stronger, more inclusive Canadian economy for all.

Trans pulse project

Trans PULSE (Ontario) was a community-based research (CBR) project that was created to respond to problems identified within Ontario trans communities regarding access to health and social services. They were particularly interested in understanding the ways in which social exclusion, cisnormativity (the belief that trans identities or bodies are less authentic or “normal”), and transphobia shape the provision of services for trans people. They also wanted to know how these in turn may affect health. Areas that have been looked at in detail include social determinants of health, sexual health, HIV vulnerability, mental health, experiences with family, access to health care services, and gender-affirming medical care.

fierté canada pride

Fierté Canada Pride (FCP) is the national association of Canadian Pride organizations. They are a membership-based organization, governed by volunteers. The main goal of FCP is to promote gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and two-spirit Prides on a national level.


InterPride is the international organization that ties Pride together globally. Members of the organization are dedicated volunteers who organize and work to put on Pride events all over the world. InterPride acts as a source of education and a stepping-stone to elevating community interaction for pride events worldwide. They promote Pride on an international level and increase networking opportunities and communication among Pride Organizations.

Queer Events

Their goals are to create opportunities to connect through our events, programs and initiatives; to empower our community with our online portal,; and to contribute through education and  advocacy to a more inclusive, diverse and welcoming queer community

Post Secondary Resources

About 17% of all college-bound students identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, and many of them have often encountered bullying and discrimination during their middle and high school years. All college students thrive in a community that meets their needs and provides opportunities for social and academic growth, and for LGBTQ+ students, this is even more important. You’ll need to find a college environment that prioritizes your safety and makes you feel welcome.

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