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OCASI Positive Spaces Starter Kit / Espaces positifs trousse de base par OCASI

The Positive Spaces Initiative Starter Kit was designed by OCASI in 2009 and updated in 2014 and 2018 (English version) with the intention of supporting settlement agencies in the beginning phases of creating Positive Spaces. Specifically tailored to the settlement sector in Ontario, it contains five fact sheets and five stories drawn from interviews with LGBTQ+ newcomers, staff and allies who participated in the Untold Stories Project. 


A Qualitative Look at Serious Legal Problems: Trans, Two-Spirit, and Non-Binary People in Canada

A research report released in the summer of 2022 by the Department of Justice Canada. It examines the extent and effects of legal problems experienced particularly by transgender, two-spirit, and non-binary people for the last three years. The report consists of semi-structured interviews with 27 transgender, two-spirit, and non-binary people recruited across Canada. It shows that numerous legal problems encountered by the research participants have “lasting social and legal consequences” that expose them to additional problems in the future. These legal problems were categorized thematically under five domains: (1) legal statuses; (2) economic security and standard of living; (3) health care and services; (4) violence and other forms of abuse; and (5) detention facilities and law enforcement.

OCASI-PSI Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan — Online Submission

This document is OCASI-PSI's online submission of its recommendations to Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan. It was submitted on May 31st, 2021 as part of a larger community consultations undertaken by the Government of Canada. The document highlights 5 issues and priority areas identified by OCASI-PSI that includes: LGBTQIA+ inclusive settlement services; removing barriers to access to identity documents, health care, and other settlement supports; extended access to mental health support; National LGBTQIA+ Francophone Strategy; and dedicated funding for anti-racism related initiatives. 

Federal 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan 2022

On Sunday, August 28th, 2022, the Canadian Federal government released its first ever 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan. Canada now joins Sweden, the UK, Belgium, Malta, Ireland, Norway, Albania, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Montenegro as countries that have/have had LGBTQI+ Action Plans and Strategies. 

The Plan covers the next 5 years (2022-2027), prioritizes funding 2SLGBTQI+ community groups and organizations and  furthers internal 2SLGBTQI+ priorities through a $100 million commitment.