Rainbow Registered

Rainbow Registered Accreditation Program for 2SLGBTQI+ Friendly Spaces

Not only is having 2SLGBTQI+ friendly policies in your company the right thing to do – it’s also good for business. That’s why Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), with Tourism HR Canada, have collaborated to launch the Rainbow Registered Accreditation Program for 2SLGBTQI+ friendly businesses and organizations.

What Does it Mean to be Rainbow Registered?

Rainbow Registered is a national accreditation for 2SLGBTQI+ friendly businesses and organizations. When you see a Rainbow Registered symbol, you know the business or organization meets a stringent set of standards to ensure 2SLGBTQI+ customers feel safe, welcomed, and accepted.

The accreditation program grants a time-limited recognition to businesses and organizations for demonstrating compliance with the quality standard. Accredited businesses are deemed market-ready for the 2SLGBTQI+ customer and given the right to be associated with the program’s prestigious Rainbow Registered designation mark.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for information on the accreditation process. To discover the associated fees and to apply, simply click the “START THE PROCESS” button below.


Where to find Rainbow Registered businesses?

These businesses demonstrate that they are consistent in their efforts and committed to providing a more welcoming and accepting 2SLGBTQI+ customer and staff experience.

The Benefits of Accreditation

Ensure 2SLGBTQI+ customers feel welcome and accepted

In addition to benefiting from guidelines that provide information and advice on ensuring 2SLGBTQI+ customers feel welcome and accepted, accredited businesses will be able to demonstrate and market themselves as safe destinations for the 2SLGBTQI+ market.

Listing in the Rainbow Registered directory

Accredited businesses will be listed in the Rainbow Registered directory – the national directory of businesses accredited as 2SLGBTQI+ friendly – and will have the opportunity to display the program’s distinguishable Rainbow Registered designation logo in their business or storefront.

Additional Benefits

  • Rainbow Registered Welcome Kit (window decal, info sheet)
  • A business listing in the Rainbow Registered business directory
  • Access to CGLCC National Associate Member Benefits

Accreditation Process

Review the program guide

Before getting started, review the Step-by-Step Program Application Guide and Appeals Process.

Corporations and large businesses with multiple locations should email prior to applying to discuss registration options.

Complete the Application Form

Register for a CGLCC account and complete the application form. All information supplied is kept confidential, and applicants will receive a notification confirming receipt of their application form and payment.

Once your application has been received, an assessor will connect with you to start the assessment. The assessor will guide you to collect supporting documentation and will answer any questions you may have during the process.


Your assessment must be completed within one year of your application submission. If this timeframe is exceeded, your application will be deemed abandoned, and you will need to submit a new application and payment for a new assessment.

Decision and Next Steps

CGLCC will notify applicants of the decision and the next steps to take. Applicants who do not meet the standard for accreditation will be provided with feedback on any gaps and recommendations for improvement and will have a year to get reassessed.


  • All application fees are non-refundable.
  • The fee is based on a single property/business assessment.
  • Accreditation is valid for three years with an annual fee charged to your credit card.
Select Company Size
Small Business (10 employees or less)$250 / year for 3 years and a $49 sign-up fee
Medium Business (11-100 employees)$400 / year for 3 years and a $199 sign-up fee
Large Business (101+ employees)$525 / year for 3 years and a $274 sign-up fee

For Corporate inquiries (large corporations or businesses with multiple locations), please contact:

For questions about ACOA, and registering as a business in the Atlantic Canadian Tourism Sector, please contact:

For general inquiries about the Rainbow Registered program and the accreditation process, please contact: