Ottawa Tourism has been accredited by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), marking a significant milestone in the organisation’s ongoing commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity in business and leisure tourism. This accreditation reflects Ottawa Tourism’s dedication to creating a welcoming and safe destination for all delegates and travellers.

The Rainbow Registered accreditation, a nationally recognised symbol of 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion in Canada’s travel industry, underscores Ottawa Tourism’s determination to celebrate and support 2SLGBTQI+ visitors and the community. As a part of this commitment, a first wave of hotels, venues, shops, and attractions across the city have joined the Rainbow Registered Guide, with many more to come. These additions enhance Ottawa’s reputation as a 2SLGBTQI+ friendly destination for delegates and travellers.

“Ottawa Tourism is proud to be recognised by CGLCC for our commitment to inclusivity,” says Lesley Pincombe, Vice President, Meetings and Major Events at Ottawa Tourism. “Business and leisure travel should be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of background, gender identity, or sexual orientation. This accreditation reinforces our dedication to making Ottawa a destination where everyone feels welcome and valued.”

The CGLCC accreditation process evaluates an organisation’s commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion, examining various factors such as policies, marketing, and community involvement. Ottawa Tourism’s successful accreditation highlights the organisation’s efforts to ensure that 2SLGBTQI+ delegates and travellers can confidently experience the city, knowing they will be treated with respect and dignity.

In addition to achieving its own CGLCC accreditation, Ottawa Tourism is excited to celebrate the growing participation of local businesses and service providers in the Rainbow Registered Guide. This guide, a resource for 2SLGBTQI+ travellers, features 2SLGBTQI+-friendly businesses and experiences in Ottawa.

The Rainbow Registered Guide allows travellers to explore Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant 2SLGBTQI+ community, creating a richer and more inclusive experience for all. Ottawa Tourism is delighted to see this guide continue to expand, reflecting the city’s commitment to embracing diversity and promoting 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity.

Read more about Ottawa Tourism’s commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusivity and to explore the Rainbow Registered Guide.