Halifax Pride Partner Initiatives
Halifax Pride supports efforts by our sponsors and partners that encourage equity and inclusion within their organizations and is proud to partner with those who support our community. To give our community a better understanding of these efforts, our partners were asked to complete a survey to help us highlight these initiatives. The following is a sample of some of the work being done by our supporters.
Since first introducing same-sex benefits to our Canadian workforce in 1994, we have made significant inroads in creating a truly inclusive workplace for LGBT employees wherever we operate.
TD was the first major corporate sponsor of Pride and the first Canadian financial institution to profile same-sex couples in mainstream advertising.
In our communities, TD is involved with more than 100 LGBTQ organizations and initiatives across North America through funding, partnerships, and employee volunteerism. We are a highly visible supporter, which includes sponsoring 63 Pride festivals in North America.
In 2016, we introduced a design change to new and renovated branches going forward, whereby we will build gender-neutral restrooms.
TJX CANADA (WINNERS, HomeSense, Marshalls)
We have an Anti-Discrimination policy on our website that states we are a place of employment that fosters mutual respect and caring and is inclusive to all people, regardless of their sex/ sexual orientation.
We have gender neutral parental leave policies.
We have financially contributed to and/or sponsored 2SLGBTQ+ community groups or events, including the hosting of Pride lunches.
NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
We have recently developed guidelines
for supporting transgender students and employees, and support the eligible coverage of all surgeries related to transitioning.
We have mandatory Diversity and Inclusion workshop for all full-time and term employees.
MURPHY’S THE CABLE WHARF
We have an organization-wide policy that bars harassment and discrimination based on, and specifically referring to, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
We ensure that pay equity and promotion opportunities are accessible to all employees regardless of gender, gender identity or sexuality.
We have documented processes and supporting guidelines in place to assist someone transitioning.
We have an employee-led 2SLGBTQ+ resource group.
We participate in the International Day of Pink to support anti-bullying and the fostering of inclusive and safe spaces so that employees can bring their authentic self to work.
We are respectful and inclusive of everyone regardless of sexual orientation, age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, and/or other factors, and honour one’s right to define, express, and celebrate their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
On May 16, CBC launched OutCBC, which provides a 2SLGBTQ+ forum for networking, safety, support, respect, education, mentoring and outreach for CBC employees.
Loblaw (Atlantic Superstore) is consistently recognized as one of the best diversity employers in Canada.
Loblaw is a major supporter of Pride activities in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, and are excited to now partner with Halifax Pride.
Admiral employees were involved in the 2016 and 2017 Halifax Pride festivals and Admiral, as a company, was the Flagship sponsor of the 2016 Queer Acts Theatre Festival.
We have gender neutral washrooms for staff.
Promotes inclusion through internal social campaign for pride, “Your difference is the difference”, and is promoting inclusion efforts through the Deloitte Pride Network and local office initiatives.
Developed a set of guidelines for our leaders to help people who are transitioning while working at Deloitte. The Transitioning Guidelines were created with input from our Inclusion and Legal teams, and transgender employees.
Nova Scotia Teachers Union
We have an active equity committee.
We have an anti-homophobia and anti- transphobia policy.
COX & PALMER
We are a proud member of Pride at Work Canada and the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network.
We co-sponsor a number of 2SLGBTQ+- related initiatives, including the Dal OUTlaw International Women’s Day event, the CBA-NS/ NSBS entry in the pride parade and their Diversity on the Bench workshops.
We have openly 2SLGBTQ+ identified people at senior levels in our organization.
We ensure that pay equity and promotion opportunities are accessible to all employees regardless of gender, gender identity, or sexuality.
EAST COAST SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION
We are a community organization with a focus on inclusion and community engagement in the sport of softball!
THE YOUTH PROJECT
We provide education, resources, and support to 2SLGBTQ+ youth, as well as education services to employment groups, other organizations, and systems.
We have openly 2SLGBTQ+ identified people at every level of our organization.