Program Types: New to Canada,
New to Canada – Support for Refugees and Newcomers
Who can join:
- LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, refugee claimants, convention refugees, protected persons, government-assisted refugees, and permanent residents (18+ in age, and living in Toronto, GTA, or Southern Ontario),
- Non-LGBTQ+ convention refugees, protected persons, government-assisted refugees, and permanent residents (18+ in age, and living in Toronto’s Downtown East area),
- Live-in caregivers (18+ in age, and living in Toronto, GTA, or Southern Ontario).
- Naturalized Canadian Citizens,
- International students, temporary foreign workers, approved Ontario Provincial nominees
- Filling government applications,
- Information and referrals,
- Ongoing guidance,
- Staff-led programs, groups, and workshops,
- Guest workshops,
- One-off events, and more
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How to register:
- Call 416-392-6878 ext. 4000 or email NewToCanada@The519.organy time. Leave a message with your name, current immigration status, and contact number.
- Our staff will call you within 7-14 business days for a phone intake and to schedule an appointment.
- Click here to request an intake
New to Canada Programs
All our programs and services are free.
- One-on-One Settlement Support – By appointment only
- Black Youth Gathering: Discussion forum that aims to empower LGBTQ2S Black youth (ages 16 to 29) – monthly, via Zoom
- Black Mental Health: Private group webinars focussing on addressing various mental health concerns among Black communities – monthly, via Zoom
- Fuel: Physical activity program for LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers – in-person, various dates and locations
- Next Steps: Information and activities group serves LGBTQ+ newcomers who are convention refugees or permanent residents residing in Canada for less than 5 years. – monthly, via Zoom
- Employment Skills Training: Through workshops, and more
- Queer Muslim Community Circle: An affirming space by and for LGBTQ2S Muslims to connect, grow, and heal together.
- New to Canada Guest Workshops: Workshops led by partnering organizations for LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers
- LGBTQ2S Economic Resilience Project – Financial advisors from Scotiabank will share tips on managing finances, the pillars of banking in Canada, and will answer your money management-related questions.
- Henna Hangs – An affirming social space by and for 2SLGBTQ+ newcomers and refugees from South West Asia, North Africa, East Africa, and South Asia
- New to Canada Drop-in – In-person brief support for LGBTQ+ folks who are new to Canada. No appointment required.