LGBTQ2S+ Seniors’ Safety in Public Services’

LGBTQ2S+ Seniors’ Safety in Public Services’ is a national environmental scan questions public service initiatives in health care, social services and municipal services that are designed to:

  • enhance accessibility, inclusion and equity in service delivery for LGBTQI2S seniors; and/or
  • promote workplace equity, dignity and respect for LGBTQI2S workers.

Little is known about the experiences of LGBTQI2S seniors using public services, and what we know suggests that LGBTQI2S seniors do not experience dignity, respect or knowledgeable service delivery.

Given that publicly funded healthcare, social services and municipal services are necessary to all Canadians, and that we rely upon them more heavily in later life, it is important to ensure that services are adequately equipped to serve the diverse and growing populations of seniors in Canadian communities.

LGBTQ2S+ Seniors’ Safety in Public Services’ was developed within the 2018 SSHRC funded partnership, “Age-Friendly Communities -in – Communities: International Promising Practices”. The project is a partnership with Egale and CUPE.

Research Questions

  • What are public services doing to ensure that they provide accessible, inclusive and equitable services to LGBTQI2S seniors?
  • How are these public services supporting the development of LGBTQI2S inclusive workplaces, including for these workers who are aging on the job?

The Research Team


From the Care Work, Aging and Health Lab

Portrait of Susan Braedley

Susan Braedley

Principal Investigator

Portrait of Christine Streeter

Christine Streeter

Research Assistant

Other Team Members

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