The Bill 7 Award Trust was established in 1987 to provide post-secondary education scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited or queer (LGBTQ) students who are pursuing a first degree diploma or certification in any Ontario post-secondary institution and are in financial need.
The Bill 7 Award is named after the 1986 Ontario legislation that extended the protection of the Human Rights Code to lesbians and gays.
Successful Recipients Notified - Late September
Awards Ceremony - Early November 2018
The Trust was founded by six community groups, predominantly lead by women: the UofT Women’s Centre, the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, Lesbians of Colour, The Black Women’s Collective, Zami, and the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays.
Today, Bill 7 Award trustees are appointed by our two current partner organizations, Supporting Our Youth (SOY) and the Community One Foundation, successors to the original founding groups.
Since 1987, the Bill 7 Award Trust has granted over $120,000 in scholarships to students in the queer community to help them with the cost of post-secondary education.