Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1

Poster for Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1 course announcement

OCASI-PSI is pleased to announce for upcoming self-directed online training on: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1 for settlement workers to more effectively serve LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) immigrants, refugees, and newcomers. This 4-module training incorporates updated legislative and legal information, as well as emerging issues and trends in LGBTQIA+ communities.

Registration opens on September 19th, 2022

Registration Deadline: Monday, November 7th, 2022

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If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Onar Usar at


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this 4-module course you will be able to:

1. Apply the principles of an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework to support LGBTQIA+ immigrants, refugees, and newcomers

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the various barriers and issues surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in their access to services

3. Situate yourself in the context of systemic oppressions faced by LGBTQIA+ newcomers in order to better serve LGBTQIA+ immigrants and refugees living in Ontario by engaging in allyship

4. Demonstrate an understanding of your responsibilities as a service provider in the settlement sector by implementing best practices to create and maintain a positive space for LGBTQIA+ newcomers in your agency

Course Information

This course is open to settlement workers and service providers who are working in or with the immigrant and refugee-serving sector across the province who are willing to:

Commit to approximately 2-4 hours of learning per week

Practice active participation through the program

Engage in Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) Group in, a new national online Community of Practice for the Settlement Sector

Complete assignments within the given timeframe

The course will run between November 8th – December 13th, 2022

At the successful completion of each level, you will receive a certification of completion from OCASI

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