I Belong Program

Services for Newcomer LGBTQIA+ Refugees

I Belong is a program welcoming all LGBTQIA2+ refugees and newcomers. We provide a safe space to connect and receive personalized support.

This program hosts four events every month:

  • All member peer support group (2nd Monday)
  • Beyond Borders and Binaries group for trans and non-binary members (3rd Monday)
  • All member counselling group (last Monday)
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  • Open to all LGBTQIA+ refugees, newcomers and naturalized citizens.

Program Description

Navigating a new country and language as an 2SLGBTQIA+ refugee or newcomer can be challenging. The I Belong program is here to guide you through this process.

This program provides community support, one-on-one help, referrals for settlement needs, and counselling. We also have monthly programs for members:

One-On-One Support

· Finding employment through referrals to employment programs

· Navigating the health care system

· Completing applications (for example Citizenship application)

· Accessing government supports (for example income/rental assistance)

· Navigating the challenging housing system

· Understanding life in Canada (like banking, education etc.)

· Connecting with other community services and groups (like language classes, 2SLGBTQIA+ services, etc.)

· Gaining emotional and social support.

I Belong Peer Café

Peer cafés provide an opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and participate in fun activities facilitated by the 2SLGBTQIA+ support worker. This monthly support group is a safe space where you can connect to celebrate diversity, share experiences, and learn about community resources.

Counselling Sessions

Connect with 2SLGBTQIA+ experienced clinical counsellors to navigate personal, emotional, or psychological challenges, foster self-awareness, reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem, enhance personal growth and well-being. Group and one to one sessions are available.

Beyond Borders & Binaries Support Group

Meet with other transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse newcomers. Beyond Borders and Binaries (BBB) is facilitated every month by community members with lived experience in collaboration with registered clinical counselors. Participants can learn about community resources, share experiences, and find support in a space that is understanding and safe for transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse newcomers.

Available Languages

One-on-one services are available in English language. Group sessions are offered in English, additional language support is available upon request.

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How can I access counselling services through this program?

We have individual and group counselling services and therapy sessions available on a monthly basis. You can reach out to the program support worker to schedule a session with experienced counsellors who specialize in 2SLGBTQIA+ issues.

Is there a confidentiality policy in place for the 2SLGBTQIA+ client?

Yes, confidentiality is a top priority in the I Belong Program. All interactions, including counselling sessions and support group discussions, are strictly confidential. Your privacy and well-being are respected and protected at all times.

How can I get involved in community activities and events organized by the I Belong Program?

The program hosts various group sessions throughout the month. To get involved, stay updated on upcoming events by following our official social media channels and contacting our team. Participation in these sessions is encouraged, as they provide opportunities for social connection and community engagement within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.


It is the right space for LGBTQIA2+ refugees who have unique needs and challenges.

It is an accepting and inclusive group.

I feel my life is richer after hearing all members’ stories, I Belong is a very sincere group.


This program is supported by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, The Foundation of Hope, and Trans Care BC.

Contact Information


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