Celebrating diversity and inclusion

At TELUS, we foster a culture of inclusion while recognizing every team member’s unique talents, voice and abilities.

Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $5 million and volunteered thousands of hours of service to LGBTQ+ organizations from coast-to-coast.


All connected for good

One of the ways that we demonstrate this commitment is our support for Pride events across Canada and internationally. Since 2007, we have supported Pride through targeted local sponsorships. TELUS team members, friends and family have also come together to walk in parades and celebrate diversity and inclusion.

In 2019, TELUS broadened our retail outreach to advocate and raise funds for local Canadian charities supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

Through our support of Pride, we are demonstrating  how we are all connected for good and committed to improving lives by embracing our inclusive culture.

International support

Every year, TELUS team members, family and friends come together to #ShareLove and celebrate diversity in Pride events throughout communities across Canada, the United States and the Philippines.


Spectrum

In 2009, nine of our team members came together to form Spectrum, our TELUS Team member Resource Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQ+) team members. Through advocacy, education, networking, sponsorships and volunteering, Spectrum members help support TELUS’ vision of diversity and inclusiveness and deliver on our brand promise of making the future friendly for LGBTQ+ customers, team members and community members.


A history of support

TELUS has been a longtime champion of diversity and inclusion and a supporter of our LGBTQ+ community.

1992

Introduced same-sex benefits for all team members

2003

Became an inaugural sponsor of The LGBT Supplier Diversity Program

2009

Launched Spectrum, its LGBTQ+ team member resource group

2000

Supported, and continues to support, over 70 LGBTQ+ organizations across Canada

2007

Started to participate in various Pride parades and festivals across Canada

2011

Produced ‘It Gets Better’ video to address bullying and suicide in schools

2013

Recognized as the most gay-friendly company in North America by Yahoo and launched the Executive Breakfast Series, led by Spectrum, to share how to effectively manage diversity while supporting increased inclusiveness within the organization

2014

Launched the first international Spectrum resource group in Manila

2015

Participated in Pride Manila parade

2016

CEO published an editorial on the importance of embracing diversity during Pride season and won the Community Engagement and Experiential Marketing awards from BCAMA

2017

Incorporated gender-neutral washrooms into new TELUS buildings across Canada and advanced our corporate gender transitioning guidelines

2019

Celebrated Spectrum’s 10-year anniversary and incorporated gender-neutral washrooms into all TELUS buildings in Manila

2020

Included assistance for team members and their dependents undergoing gender affirming surgery under benefits

1992

Introduced same-sex benefits for all team members

2000

Supported, and continues to support, over 70 LGBTQ+ organizations across Canada

2003

Became an inaugural sponsor of The LGBT Supplier Diversity Program

2007

Started to participate in various Pride parades and festivals across Canada

2009

Launched Spectrum, its LGBTQ+ team member resource group

2011

Produced ‘It Gets Better’ video to address bullying and suicide in schools

2013

Recognized as the most gay-friendly company in North America by Yahoo and launched the Executive Breakfast Series, led by Spectrum, to share how to effectively manage diversity while supporting increased inclusiveness within the organization

2014

Launched the first international Spectrum resource group in Manila

2015

Participated in Pride Manila parade

2016

CEO published an editorial on the importance of embracing diversity during Pride season and won the Community Engagement and Experiential Marketing awards from BCAMA

2017

Incorporated gender-neutral washrooms into new TELUS buildings across Canada and advanced our corporate gender transitioning guidelines

2019

Celebrated Spectrum’s 10-year anniversary and incorporated gender-neutral washrooms into all TELUS buildings in Manila

2020

Included assistance for team members and their dependents undergoing gender affirming surgery under benefits

Charitable partners

TELUS provides support and sponsorships to a number of LGBTQ+ organizations, charities and educational initiatives, including:

The 519

The 519 is an agency of the City of Toronto government and a Canadian charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ communities.

Interligne

Interligne is a first response centre in Montreal that provides help and information to those concerned with sexual orientation and gender diversity.

Camp fYrefly

Camp fYrefly is an educational, social and personal leadership retreat for queer and trans youth created by the University of Alberta that focuses on building and nurturing leadership and personal resiliency skills.

The Youth Project

The Youth Project works to make Nova Scotia a safer, healthier, and happier place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth through support, education, resource expansion and community development.

"The need for LGBTQ2S-competent programs is urgent and rising, especially for LGBTQ2S youth. With funding from organizations like TELUS, The 519 can support LGBTQ2S youth programs focused on skill-development, community-building, and exploring opportunities for advancement.”

Stacy G. Kelly

Director – Philanthropy, The 519

“Camp fYrefly has motivated me to become a better leader who inspires and supports others, and shares love with the world."

Camper

Camp fYrefly Edmonton

“TELUS’ support contributes directly to the Gender, Identity and Sexuality Alliances (GISA) program. GISA programs are designed by and for youth, and allow them to create safe spaces within their community where they can get together, socialize, and focus on LGBTQ+ specific realities.”

Pascal Vaillancourt

Executive Director of Interligne


Funding brighter futures

Your donations help the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation support LGBTQ+ charities working to help Canada’s most vulnerable youth and those who need it most, with a focus on health and education.