The 519 New to Canada Programs

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 Toronto's Downtown East area),
  • Live-in caregivers (18+ in age, and living in Toronto, GTA, or Southern Ontario).

Supports offered:

  • Filling government applications,
  • Information and referrals,
  • Ongoing guidance,
  • Staff-led programs, groups, and workshops,
  • Guest workshops,
  • One-off events,
  • And more...

How to register:

Please, start by completing this online form: https://bit.ly/519newcomerreg

If you require more help, please email NewToCanada@The519.org .

Our staff will call you within 7-14 business days for a phone intake and to schedule an appointment.

All our programs and services are free.

New to Canada Programs:

  • One-on-One Settlement Support – By appointment only
  • EMERGE: English conversation circle for LGBTQ+ newcomers – monthly, via Zoom
  • 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 Wellbeing Program – 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– Social space, workshops, and activities for queer and trans newcomers from South West Asia, South Asia, North Africa, and East Africa.

Questions? Contact us at NewToCanada@The519.org.

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 Toronto's Downtown East area),
  • Live-in caregivers (18+ in age, and living in Toronto, GTA, or Southern Ontario).

Supports offered:

  • Filling government applications,
  • Information and referrals,
  • Ongoing guidance,
  • Staff-led programs, groups, and workshops,
  • Guest workshops,
  • One-off events,
  • And more...

How to register:

Please, start by completing this online form: https://bit.ly/519newcomerreg

If you require more help, please email NewToCanada@The519.org .

Our staff will call you within 7-14 business days for a phone intake and to schedule an appointment.

All our programs and services are free.

New to Canada Programs:

  • One-on-One Settlement Support – By appointment only
  • EMERGE: English conversation circle for LGBTQ+ newcomers – monthly, via Zoom
  • 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 Wellbeing Program – 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– Social space, workshops, and activities for queer and trans newcomers from South West Asia, South Asia, North Africa, and East Africa.

Questions? Contact us at NewToCanada@The519.org.

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