LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs
What We Do
Refugee Claimants Program: We offer refugee claimants weekly orientation and registration sessions, weekly information sessions, workshops and small group discussions, one-on-one support and referrals, monthly spiritual and emotional support meetings and a community to call home.
Private Sponsorship and Resettlement Program: In partnership with sponsoring groups (Constituent Groups or Settlement Teams) we help individuals who suffered persecution abroad based on their gender identity/ expression and/or sexual orientation to resettle in Canada.
Advocacy and Education: In partnership with other Canadian organizations we advocate at all levels of government for the advancement of refugee rights, and in particular the rights of LGBTQ+ refugees and protected persons. We also participate in training programs, workshops, webinars and speaking engagements to share our knowledge and expertise.
MCC Toronto is the only LGBTQ+ exclusive Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) for refugees in all of Canada. Through our work with sponsorship teams, we have privately sponsored over 55 LGBTQ+ refugees to Canada and have provided services and programming to over 3,500 LGBTQ+ refugee claimants since 2007.
We will continue to advocate with our allies and partners for equal and social rights for refugees.
**MCC Toronto covers the overhead costs of the LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs. Private individuals, corporate and foundation can donate directly to support refugee sponsorship and program costs.