GLBT Liaison Committee

Community-based, crime prevention work is the foundation of the Committee, which has been meeting regularly since 1991. The Liaison Committee, one of the first of its kind in Canada, consists of community, police and other criminal justice system representatives and is open to anyone who wants to participate. It is co-chaired by community and police representatives.

The Liaison Committee's community-based process is grounded in action-oriented, problem-solving work that addresses needs identified by the community. Outcomes include an increase in reporting of hate-motivated incidents, increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans realities in police service policies, procedures and training; police participation in many community events and, above all, informed and sensitive responses to members of the LGBT communities by an increasing number of officers.

The message is simple. Stereotypes break down when individuals engage in dialogue and come to know and trust one another as caring, committed, respectful and respect-worthy human beings.

The Ottawa Police Service continues to be committed to providing bias neutral services to the LGBTQ2S+ community members in Ottawa. In the last 30 years, the GLBT Liaison Committee has played a vital role in improving services to the LGBTQ2S+ community in Ottawa.

At this time the OPS Liaison Committee is taking the opportunity to critically reflect on its work and structure in the current context of policing and the LGBTQ2S+ communities. A number of factors have prompted this initiative:

a) We have received feedback from the community that the current Liaison Committee has not been as effective as it has been in the past.

b) Capital Pride, over the past few years, raised a number of issues including the importance of addressing issues from an intersectional lens.

c) The new Community Equity Council has established an LGBTQ2S+ committee to address intersectional issues that include sexual orientation and gender fluidity.

We are asking organizations and individuals who are part of and/or work with the LGBTQ2S+ community to fill out this questionnaire by noon on March 22nd, 2019. The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes. All of your comments will be confidential.


Thank you for taking the time.

With respect,
Joan Riggs
Catalyst Research and Communications



Meetings and EventsGLBT logo

Our meetings are usually held at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 5:35 p.m. to permit for on-street parking. A typical meeting lasts two (2) hours. Meetings are open to the public.


  • Meeting dates that fall on statutory holidays will be rescheduled to another date in the same month;
  • There are no meetings in July or August; and
  • Some meetings may be held at other locations.

The Liaison Committee keeps detailed Minutes which are available to the public upon request.

Terms of Reference

Annual Pride Week

A range of activities mark Pride Week in August. Liaison Committee members assist in unfurling the Rainbow Flag in the lobby of the main police station, raising the Rainbow Flag at city hall and participating in the Pride Parade.

Photo Gallery: GLBT Pancake Breakfast 2016 will appear here on the public site.

Interested in Joining the GLBT Liaison Committee?

For more information about the GLBT Liaison Committee and/or their monthly meetings, contact us by email at

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