LGBTQ+ Newcomer Settlement

The Prairie & Northwest Territories (PNT) LGBTQ+ Newcomers Settlement Conference will take place Monday, September 25th and Tuesday, September 26th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary. Goals of the conference include to convene stakeholders and practitioners from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories working or wanting to work towards LGBTQ+ newcomers settlement outcomes; to share examples of work across the region, focusing on successes, challenges, and innovations occurring in organizations and program delivery; to explore service provision gaps and strengths; and to share proven, best and promising practices. 

The advisory committee is compromised of a collection of staff members from Centre For Newcomers, Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada, Calgary Outlink, Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Government of Alberta, HIV Edmonton, Regina Open Door Society, Sexual Education Resource Centre MB and Southwest Newcomers Welcome Centre.  There will be a total of 44 service providing organizations attending the conference.   
To register for the conference simply click here. Stay tuned for information on keynote speakers, presenters and more coming soon.

Settlement support and services for LGBTQ
Immigrants and Refugees in Calgary

The Centre for Newcomers is proud to announce we have partnered with Calgary Outlink to offer a directly targeted settlement and peer support services specifically for the LGBTQ newcomer community.
LGBTQ rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the world. At the same time, many LGBTQ newcomers come from countries where they have faced overt discrimination, violence, and persecution as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In almost 80 countries, LGBTQ persons are still criminalized for who they are, how they look or whom they love.

This project aims to strengthen LGBTQ New Canadians’ resiliency, assisting them to avoid the many societal challenges associated with being LGBTQ and new to Canada. It facilitates belonging with Calgary's LGBTQ community; engagement with immigrant-serving organizations; and creates successful integration into the Calgary Community. The project is designed to increase the number of supportive connections in client lives and produce greater feelings of acceptance in the community, compared before and after their project involvement.

The project seeks to offer a wide range of services to assist with the settlement process, facilitated through 1-1 appointments and support, situational inquiries, settlement referrals, and training related to the MAIA LGBTQ Resiliency model for caregivers, volunteers, and any person who are supporting LGBTQ New Canadians.

•    WHEN: 2nd and the 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm

•    WHERE: Outlink Group Room, #103, 223 12 Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta

•    THE GROUP: LGBTQ+ New Canadians Support Group is a peer-led, drop-in support group, wherein any LGBTQ+ newcomers can join discussion sessions in a casual, safer space. This group is inclusive of all people new to Canada, including all refugees and immigrants, regardless of how far through their process they might be. It is to give LGBTQ+ newcomers the opportunity to speak on LGBTQ+ issues as well as their own personal experiences with each other.

•    The group is a part of the MAIA LGBTQ+ New Canadians Resiliency Project.

•    If you would like to check in with a facilitator prior to attending a meeting, please visit email:
For more information contact Dario Ontolan 


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