POZitivity: An Anti-Stigma Campaign ~ séro-Positive: une campagne contre la discrimination

POZitivity: An Anti-Stigma Campaign ~ séro-Positive: campagne contre la discrimination

As of January, 2019, The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity was awarded a grant by the Public Health Agency of Canada to run a national HIV anti-stigma campaign from January 2019 – March 2020.

Website: https://pozitivity.ca/


The overall objective of this project is to reduce the adverse effects stigma has on HIV prevention, testing, access to treatment among gay, bisexual and two-spirit men as well as trans people, and to raise awareness about the U=U message, through an anti stigma campaign.

This campaign, its advisory committee and community partners as well as its workplace are still being revised and added to!

If you would like to join the advisory committee, please click here.

For More Information:

If you are interested in becoming a community partner, or have any questions or concerns, please contact Garry Dart by phone (613-600-7869) or email (action@ccgsd-ccdgs.org).

This year we will be running this national campaign at 25 prides across the country! Come see us at these cities:


Newfoundland and Labrador:

  • St. John’s

Nova Scotia:

  • Halifax

New Brunswick:

  • Fredericton

Prince Edward Island:

  • Charlottetown


  • Quebec City
  • Montreal


  • Barrie
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • London
  • Niagara
  • Ottawa
  • Sudbury
  • Toronto
  • Windsor


  • Brandon
  • Winnipeg


  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


  • Calgary
  • Edmonton

British Colombia:

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria

The Northwest Territories:

  • Yellowknife


My name is Garry Dart and I am the Service Provider Network Coordinator here at the CCGSD. I am a 27 year old gender-fluid, queer, gay person! Originally from Newfoundland, I have a BSc. Honours in Ecology and Conservation Biology from Memorial University and moved to Ottawa two years ago to finish my BA Honours in Psychology (sex, sexuality and relationships) at the University of Ottawa. My goal is to become a LGBTQ+ sex and relationship therapist. I have a very diverse background and have worked at many organizations including MAX Ottawa as well as volunteering as a Co-Facilitator with PFLAG in Newfoundland for five years. You are most likely to find me dancing, meditating in nature, or drinking a good cup of tea.

I am enthused to share my experience as well as hear from the national broadbase of knowledge that many organizations and individuals have to contribute in order to meet the needs of our diverse community. We all have personal experiences that shape who we are and influence our drive to change the world. It is again time to inspire, collaborate, advocate for change, increase diversity and inclusion and mend the gaps that seem to exist within our amazing communities.

Have a healthy, happy and intellectually nourishing day!

Garry M. Dart (He/She/They)




C304-440 rue Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 5B5

Advisory Committee Members (according to our grant application):


Edmonton Pride

Calgary Outlink

Nine Circles Community Health Centre

The Gilbert Centre

The 519

UFCW Canada

Black CAP

Windsor Essex Transgender and Allied Support

OUT Niagara

Rainbow Umbrella

Wabanaki Two Spirit Alliance

Peers Alliance

ViiV Healthcare

If you are interested in being one of our local community partners, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/jqnnGvI6z61K5XPn1

Please note that the deadline to sign up is February 15th, 2019!

HIV in Canada in 2017*

  • 2,402 cases of HIV were reported in 2017
  • Males accounted for 75.2% of reported cases
  • Females accounted for 24.8% of reported cases

Reported HIV cases by exposure category in adult males in 2017*:

  • Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men exposure category (gbMSM) – 60.9%
  • Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs (gbMSM-PWID) combined exposure category – 3.6%
  • People who inject drugs (PWID) exposure category – 12.7%
  • Heterosexual contact exposure category – 18.7%, of which, 5.6% were from an HIV-endemic country
  • Other – 4.1%

Reported HIV cases by race/ethnicity in 2017*:

  • Indigenous – 20.1%
  • Black – 25.3%
  • Latin American – 3.6%
  • Caucasian – 34.5%
  • Other – 13.9%

Provincial and territorial HIV diagnosis rates (per 100,000 population)*:

  • Territories – 2.6
  • BC – 3.9
  • AB – 6.6
  • SK – 15.5
  • MB – 6.6
  • ON – 6.6
  • QC – 8.0
  • Atlantic – 1.6

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (2016)

  • An estimated 63,110 people were living with HIV in Canada
  • 1 in 7 Canadians that have HIV are unaware that they have it
  • 81% of Canadians diagnosed with HIV were on treatment
  • 91% of HIV positive Canadians on treatment had achieved viral suppression

Links to other resources:


Public Health Agency of Canada & ViiV Healthcare