Next Steps is a weekly program for LGBTQ identified Convention Refugees and Permanent Residents residing in Canada for less than five years. Next Steps is a great opportunity to make new friends, take part in exciting workshops and group discussions, and get connected to a variety of professional and community organizations. The topics for each weekly session are decided by the group to help you explore what's next for your settlement in Canada.

A light meal is provided during Next Steps meetings.

2014 - 2015 program highlights have included:

  • Practice Citizenship tests
  • Caring For The Community: An Earth Day Celebration
  • Getting and Keeping a Job
  • Starting Your Own Business/Entrepreneurship
  • Sharing Your Voice: A Community Debate on Current Events
  • About The 519 Newcomer Programs

The 519 has offered this peer support programs for LGBTQ refugees and newcomers since 2005, part of our efforts to ease the transition for individuals who arrive in Canada without a support network or escaping persecution at home as a result of their sexual orientation.

These programs have grown dramatically each year, becoming among The 519’s most successful initiatives and producing our largest source of volunteers. A reflection of the changing demographics of Toronto’s LGBTQ community, this work is part of The 519’s ongoing commitment to recognize and address emerging needs.