The Pride Centre of Edmonton has been a hub for queer communities since its inception in 1971 — you can read more about the history of PCE here.
We offer an accessible, trauma-informed, judgement-free space and support systems for people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, and the people in their lives.
As a non-profit organization, our funding heavily relies on grants. However, it’s important to note that grant funding is typically restricted to specific purposes and programs, and the competition for such funding is very high. Therefore, donations and community fundraising is vital to maintaining the day-to-day operations of the Pride Centre of Edmonton as it allows us to fill in the gaps. Your donation, whether one-time or monthly, goes towards supporting the below partnerships and services, as well as increasing staffing capacities so we can expand our offerings!
Through our partnerships with the Family Centre, EMNC, Aging with Pride, and YMCA, we offer, respectively, the following collaborative programming: free counselling two days a week, refugee and newcomers support, queer senior programming, and a 7-week course for teens and young adults (ages 13 – 30) experiencing anxiety.
In-house, we offer:
- Community building opportunities and special events;
- In-person and virtual youth programming (ages 13 to 24) every Wednesday;
- Gender affirming wares programming including a community closet, were people can access second hand garments and jewellery, new undergarments, toiletries, and seasonal clothing at absolutely no cost during our public hours;
- Binder exchange program, which provides community members with gently-used binders, gift cards for gender affirming gear, and binder fittings and education for safe wear, free of charge;
- The largest queer library in Alberta, which includes YA fiction and books for children 12 and under, is available to PCE members — memberships are $25 or sliding scale. We also offer fee waivers, so memberships are accessible to all;
- Support for queer asylum seekers through support letters for refugee hearings and advocacy work;
- Information and referral way-finding, from housing to food insecurity.
During public hours, people can utilize various equipment and services in our space, including:
- Washing facilities and public washrooms;
- Computers and charges;
- Game room, sensory room, art supplies;
- Light refreshments;
- Kitchen, for baking and cooking;
- Community fridge, freezer, and pantry.