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Newcomer-focused 2SLGBTQ+ Services in Canada

Common Programs and Supports for 2SLGBTQ+ Newcomers

  • Standard newcomer programming (immigration processes, settlement support, language and financial literacy), but specifically targeted at 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers
  • Routine support groups or meetings, often with practical, educational, or fun activities
  • Providing the community and other settlement agencies with 2SLGBTQ+ education
  • Counselling for 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers
  • Advocacy for 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers (could include writing letters to support their immigration process)
  • Healthcare support that is trans- and queer-inclusive

Service Providers

OUTSaskatoon – Saskatoon, SK
  • Education
  • Queer Sexual Health Clinic
  • Support Services
  • Programming
  • Pride Home
  • Events
TransSask Support Services – Saskatchewan
  • TransConnect Program
  • Resources
  • Membership-based
USSU Pride Centre – University of Saskatchewan
  • Programs
  • Services
  • Resources
  • Referrals
UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity – University of Regina
  • Programs – Campus & Community
  • Workshops & Training
  • Resources
fYrefly Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan
  • Run annual camp for youth ages 14-24
  • Run educational program called fYrefly in Schools
Moose Jaw Pride – Moose Jaw, SK
  • Rainbow Retro Thrift Shop
  • Events
  • Support
  • Resources
Queen City Pride Festival – Regina, SK
  • Organizes and hosts annual 10-day pride festival
  • Hosts other pride-related events throughout the year
Saskatoon Pride – Saskatoon, SK
  • Organizes and hosts annual pride festival
  • Hosts other pride-related events throughout the year
Rainbow Railroad – Toronto, ON

Helps LGBT people escape persecution and violence.

  • Information
  • Support
  • Travel
Centre for Newcomers – Calgary, AB
  • Providing sexual orientation and gender identity/expression needs assessments
  • Providing letters and support for Immigration and Refugee Board hearings
  • Information and referrals to LGBTQ+ and other organizations
  • Orientation to Canada
  • One-on-one support
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Support groups and mentoring
  • Teaching practitioners about LGBTQ+ newcomer issues
  • Teaching practitioners about immigrant and refugee system processes
  • Teaching practitioners best practices in conducting sexual orientation and gender identity/expression needs assessments
  • LGBTQ+ education
  • LGBTQ+ capacity building
  • LGBTQ+ organizational assessments
Mosaic – Vancouver, BC
  • Peer support/counselling support
  • Trans resources (online)
Access Alliance – Toronto, ON
  • LGBTQ+ Newcomer Weekly Drop-In
  • LGBTQ+ Newcomer Cooking Together
  • One-on-One Settlement Sessions
  • LGBTQ+ Primary Care Services and Trans-Inclusive Health Care
  • Annual Pride Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities
Supporting Our Youth
  • Express: A weekly community group for discussion, financial education, health and wellness, and employment support.
The 519 – Toronto, ON
  • LEGIT Toronto
  • Settlement Support
MCC Toronto
  • Refugee Claimants Program
  • Private Sponsorship and Resettlement Program
  • Advocacy and Education
Griffin Centre (ReachOUT) – Toronto, ON
  • Youth counselling
  • Drop-in groups
  • Arts/sports
  • Advocacy
CultureLink – Toronto, ON
  • Youth Drop-in
Queerspora – Ottawa, ON
  • Sexual health and other settlement services
Positive Spaces Initiative by OCASI – ON
  • LGBTQ+ education for settlement providers
OK2BEME – Kitchener, ON
  • Legal/immigration information for LGBTQ+ newcomers

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