VPS Provided With Federal Funding For 2019-2020

Andrea Arnot, executive director of VPS, Charmaine de Silva and Michelle Fortin, co-chairs of VPS, and the board and staff of VPS would like to thank Minister Joly, Minister Morneau and the Government of Canada for providing funding to help us enhance and grow our events.


Vancouver Pride Society Receives Funding from Federal Government

Vancouver Pride Society (VPS), Montréal Pride and Pride Toronto have each received $1mil in Federal funding through the new Canadian Experiences Fund. Announced the morning of May 22, 2019 by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, this investment in LGBTQ2 communities in Canada is intended to help grow the Canadian tourism sector. The funding, which will be administered over a two-year period, will support a number of exciting new initiatives.


Equity and Inclusion

Recognizing that large Pride organizations frequently receive more recognition and resources, VPS is creating a low-barrier bursary fund out of our regular operating budget for smaller Pride organizations across British Columbia.

A full accessibility audit of all VPS events and enhanced accessibility services, including training for staff and volunteers, will be introduced in year-one. This will enable us to identify what we are already doing well, where we have gaps in our planning, and how we can expand our services going forward.

A QTBIPOC-focused consultation process conducted over VPS’s 2018/2019 off-season indicated a desire for a QTBIPOC centred event during Pride, planned, organized and managed by community organizers. Funds will be provided to QTBIPOC event organizers to support a QTBIPOC event during Pride season beginning in 2019. In year-two, after consultation with our host nations and local two-spirit organizations and individuals, VPS will administer funding for a Two-Spirit powwow.

“We are excited that this funding will increase our capacity to invest in our QTBIPOC communities,” says VPS board co-chair, Michelle Fortin. “Creating safer, inclusive spaces that reflect BIPOC community members is an on-going goal of VPS.”


New Highlights

Funding has enabled the creation of two new staff positions in 2019 help increase VPS’s capacity. These staff positions will help ensure oversight of the increased federal funding.

Further year-one highlights include hiring headliners for the Sunset Beach main-stage and the creation of a three-day Davie Village Promenade event with a Pride Patio during Pride Weekend (August 2-4). In year-two, VPS will activate new areas across Vancouver with six Pop-Up Pride events such as film screenings and mural paintings that will occur throughout the year.



Davie Village Promenade

A Gathering Place

From August 2-4, 2019, Vancouver Pride Society will create a pedestrian promenade through the historic Davie Village, welcoming community members to gather in a public space.

Neighbors and visitors alike are invited to take advantage of Vancouver’s warm and sunny August weather and enjoy dining al fresco on a temporary patio extension at one of the many restaurants Davie Village has to offer. Thirsty guests in the area can stop in at the Pop-up Pride Patio on Bute Street across from Jim Deva Plaza to enjoy a beverage with friends in the afternoon or between Pride parties.

Davie Village will come alive with large-scale interactive art pieces by local artists and roving busking-style performances. Picnic tables and lounging areas throughout the street provide a place to picnic, take in a performance, and have a conversation. Don’t miss the annual Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast, August 3, 2019 from 8am-12pm, which will occur within the Davie Village Promenade.

Visitors and locals with questions about Pride Weekend and the Vancouver Pride Society can pick up a 2019 Pride Guide, have their questions answered by knowledgeable staff, and learn about LGBTQAI2+ history and literacy at the Vancouver Pride Society booth in Jim Deva Plaza.

Vancouver Pride Society invites you to meet your friends, interact with art, dine, lounge, grab a drink, have a conversation, and reclaim public space at the Davie Village Promenade – a place to gather.