ABOUT US

The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario Canada is a registered not-for-profit and non-sectarian African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (L.G.B.T.I.Q+) community organization that supports vulnerable refugees from the African continent with humanitarian assistance to unite as a harmonious community to create a friendly and supportive environment.

We aim at addressing interests of African L.G.B.T.I.Q+. refugees and other persons in Ontario from the moment they enter the country until they are integrated into the Canadian setting following the IRCC agency of the Canadian Government.

Our organization is a place of consultation as well as mutual encouragement and support for the L.G.B.T.I.Q+ and other people. We welcome everyone despite your nationality, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, beliefs or sexual orientation.

PARTNERSHIP

The organization works with other civil society organizations/partners to champion the rights of African L.G.B.T.I.Q. refugees seeking asylum and protection in the Province of Ontario, Canada through Research and Advocacy work powered by our common belief that

“A Better World is Possible.”

OUR VISION:

To create an African L.G.B.T.I.Q. generation of healthy youth proactively involved in the Canadian national transformation.

OUR MISSION:

To promote meaningful African L.G.B.T.I.Q. youth engagement in provincial programming for sustainable development.

OUR GOAL:

To establish a coordinated African L.G.B.T.I.Q. movement in Ontario, Canada.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To welcome and support all African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugees and other persons in Ontario, Canada.
  • To mobilize more African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugees to help create a coordinated and visible African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugee movement in Ontario, Canada.
  • To rebuild a better future for African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugees and other people by linking them to different innovative programs.

WHAT WE DO

1. New Comer Settlement Program (NSP):

We offer new comers (Refugees) settlement support services to address the barrier of homelessness they face in Canada. Additionally, we assist refugee claimants with completing their applications for asylum as well as other settlement issues.

2. Volunteer Engagement Services

Volunteering is one of the greatest ways that we utilize to open up our organization to the communities to actively participate in its operations through active involvement to ensure the sustainability of the organization. This is an inclusive program that welcomes people from all races, religions, gender, nationalities, sexual orientation, education background and skills.

3. Career Workshops:

We offer career workshops such as financial literacy workshops, language literacy, Resume writing that encourages community partnerships and liaison with employers to integrate the African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugees and other persons into the workforce. Participation in this program is not restricted by race, religion, gender, nationality, education background, or religion. Everyone is welcome. Check our program schedule about when you can enroll.

4. Referrals & Information:

We offer basic referral information on health and livelihood especially on Sexual Reproductive Health and Legal Aid since settlement involves all aspects of life.

5. Computer Literacy:

Technology is a significant aspect of Ontario’s fast growing economy and this requires matching Information Communication & Technology literacy skills for efficiency by all African L.G.B.T.I.Q+ Refugees and other persons and this enables them build confidence in using computers. The classes are offered to anyone in the community at no charge, but are limited to 15 participants per session. The training are advertised throughout the community, website and social media pages and participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Hi all! We are very excited to announce our upcoming virtual roundtable, Reimagining LGBTQIA+ Refugee, Immigrant, and Newcomer Services During and Beyond COVID19 on Thursday, February 24th, 10am - 12pm

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Excited to announce our upcoming virtual roundtable "Reimagining LGBTQIA+ Immigrant & Refugee Services During and Beyond Covid19"
Thursday, February 24th, 10am - 12pm
Register at: https://t.co/XoTclpX8Dm
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The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
SE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR NEWCOMERS IN CANADA. A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS: T.D BANK AND ALLIANCE FOR SOUTH ASIAN AIDS PREVENTION FOR THE SUPPORT.
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
On the 23rd/July/2022, The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario-Canada hosted her First Annual National Conference for Newcomers in Canada. We registered 150 participants representing different countries. The discussions were focused on fostering strategic partnerships and collaboration in provision of quality and equitable immigration services by various actors.

The theme of the conference was; "Harnessing Canadian Immigration opportunities for Social, Economic Integration for immigrants in the covid-19 pandemic era"

The event was blessed to have Kristyn Wong-Tam as our guest of Honor who is a Provincial Member of Parliament and she was excited to have met this diverse audience of people across the world.

A very big special thank you to our sponsors: TD-BANK, Alliance for South Asian Aids Prevention and The 519 for the support towards our conference.
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario-Canada is holding its first Annual National Conference for Newcomers in Canada scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd-July-2022 at The 519 Community Center starting at 9:00am.

The conference has been organized under the theme" Harnessing Canadian Immigration opportunities for Social, Economic Integration of Immigrants in the post covid-19 pandemic era"

This maiden conference is also expected to mobilize, engage and empower new immigrants and refugees by providing them with tailored platforms that facilitate their integration into the Canadian communities.
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
Every year, World Refugee Day is observed on June 20th. This day is dedicated to Refugees all over the world and today, The African Centre for Refugees in Ontario-Canada has been in partnership with Syrian Canadian Foundation, Northern Lights Guiding Refugee Home and Canadian Connections in commemorating this day under the theme: "Whoever, Whatever, Whenever: Every one has a right to seek safety.
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
The African Centre For Refugees in Ontario-Canada
Join us for our First Annual National conference for newcomers in Canada scheduled to take place on 23rd July 2022 at The 519 Community Center.
Register to be part using the link below:
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