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

Supports offered:

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 HealthPrivate group webinars focussing on addressing various mental health concerns among Black communities – monthly, via Zoom
  • FuelPhysical 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.

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