“Ontario's provincial parks are inclusive, positive spaces free from discrimination; we strive to ensure all of our visitors feel welcome and respected.”
— Bruce Bateman, Director of Ontario Parks
Ontario Parks is committed to creating welcoming spaces that are inclusive and free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Since 2013, we have been successful in increasing the number of parks which offer Positive Space Champions, part of the Ontario Public Service’s broader Positive Space Program.
The program recognizes the responsibility of creating a safe, accepting and inclusive environment for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities by training employees to be Positive Space Champions.
We are pleased to announce that 14 provincial parks currently have designated staff trained in creating LGBTQ positive spaces for our visitors, with several more parks being added in the 2015 operating season.