Funding will support the Vancouver Pride Society to expand its programming during the Vancouver Pride Festival and beyond
VANCOUVER, BC, July 31, 2022 /CNW/ – COVID-19 had a significant impact on Canadian tourism as travel restrictions, both domestically and internationally, reduced visits to attractions across the country. The Government of Canada created the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) to support tourism businesses and organizations, like the Vancouver Pride Society, to invest in their future growth while safely welcoming visitors once again.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced $450,000 in funding to the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) to expand its programming by adding additional events during the Vancouver Pride Festival in the summer as well as new events in the fall and winter seasons.
For over forty years, the Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has produced events that were critical to advocating for and celebrating the 2SLGBTQAI+ community in the Lower Mainland. In 2022, the VPS’ signature programming returned to in-person, community-focused events that draw an estimated 400,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.
Federal funding will help the VPS offer new programming…