I Belong Program

Services for Newcomer 2SLGBTQI+ Refugees

I Belong is a program welcoming all 2SLGBTQI+ refugees and newcomers.

We provide a safe space to connect and receive personalized support, celebrating diversity and inclusion.

This program hosts four events every month:

  • All member peer support group
    • 2nd Monday of the month: in English
    • 2nd Tuesday of the month: in Spanish
  • Beyond Borders and Binaries group for trans and non-binary members (3rd Monday)
  • All member counselling group (last Monday)


This program is open to all 2SLGBTQI+ refugees, newcomers and naturalized citizens.

Program Description

The I Belong program is here to guide you through navigating a new country and language as an 2SLGBTQI+ refugee or newcomer and provide community support, one-on-one help, referrals for settlement needs, and counseling to help individuals within the 2SLGBTQI+ community.

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

Listed bellow are some of the key areas where we assist, ensuring inclusivity by respecting gender pronouns and providing gender-neutral 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, 2SLGBTQI+ 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 2SLGBTQI+ 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 2SLGBTQI+ 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.

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

This day marks the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 — an important step in the fight against homophobia.

The 2024 theme is “No one left behind: equality, freedom and justice for all.” It is a call for unity: only through solidarity for each other will we create a world without injustice, where no one is left behind.

MOSAIC BC is proud to recognize and support the diversity of our members and staff, and to join in the fight against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

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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.

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