Registration opens for PSI Level 1: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1

Poster for PSI Level 1 online course registration

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 May 30th, 2022

Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

To Register: Click Here

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 LGBTQIA+ 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 July 4th - August 7th, 2022

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


OCASI is committed to supporting the settlement sector to create welcoming, positive and inclusive spaces for all. This course will allow settlement sector employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in service provision areas to immigrants and refugees within the settlement sector.

OCASI-PSI online training series is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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