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Toronto’s Exhibition Place Secures Prestigious Rainbow Registered Accreditation

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Rainbow Registered Graphic
Rainbow Registered Graphic

Earlier this spring, Toronto’s Exhibition Place, a 192-acre complex that is Canada’s largest entertainment and convention venue, was awarded the prestigious Rainbow Registered Accreditation by Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC).   

In Canada, Rainbow Registered is a national accreditation for 2SLGBTQI+-friendly (which stands for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and additional people who identify as part of sexual- and gender-diverse communities) businesses and organizations that meet a stringent set of standards to ensure queer customers and visitors feel safe, welcomed and accepted.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized with the Rainbow Registered Accreditation,” said Laura Purdy, general manager of Exhibition Place, in a press release. “For us, this achievement is not just a recognition but a testament to our continued dedication toward inclusivity and creating safe, welcoming spaces for everyone in our community.”

Pride Event at Exhibition Place
Pride Event at Exhibition Place

The accreditation program grants time-limited recognition to businesses and organizations for demonstrating compliance with the quality standard and a robust commitment to inclusivity and diversity in their operations and services.

The application involves a process that assesses businesses across various domains, including policy and procedures, communication and knowledge, and training, ensuring they are making genuine efforts to implement inclusivity initiatives.

“We are excited to welcome Exhibition Place to the Rainbow Registered community. As the home of many of Toronto’s top festivals and events, we are thrilled to see such a large and dynamic organization demonstrate their clear commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion through successfully meeting the standards of our national 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion accreditation program,” said Sarah Evalina, chief operating officer at CGLCC, in a press release. “Thank you to the Exhibition Place team for their dedication to date, and we look forward to the opportunity to work together to make Canada a safer and more inclusive country for all 2SLGBTQI+ folks.”  

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