Capital Rainbow Refuge: Queer Refugee Hearings Program Toolkit

Created by Ottawa-based Capital Rainbow Refuge, this toolkit aims to assist individuals claiming refugee protection based on SOGIESC by: Learning about the refugee claim process in Canada based on SOGIESC; Writing a complete and correct narrative about their life experiences; Collecting evidence that may best support their claims; and Addressing common misunderstandings about SOGIESC refugee claims…

COVID-19 Vaccine Lesson Plan – Language Training Resource for LINC and Informal Language Programs (EN/FR)

MANSO is pleased to share a newly developed resource for both LINC and Informal Language Programs. The English Vaccine Lesson Plan for Literacy to CLB 2 (low beginners), CLB 3-4 (intermediate beginners), and CLB 5-6 (intermediate learners) is designed to share vaccine information with adult, newcomer learners, address some myths associated with COVID-19 and vaccines,…

“Get Your Benefits” Booklet- understanding government benefits that are available to Manitobans

Get Your Benefits! is a plain language booklet listing many federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs individuals and families living in Manitoba may be eligible for. Available in English and French. https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medicine/units/chs/benefits/ To order paper copies free of charge: All government agencies/departments – please contact the Ministry of Health, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Other organizations…

Webinar Series: Gender-Based Violence Awareness and COVID-19

This webinar series is designed for Service Providers working with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees. It is focused on allyship as an important skill for service providers working with newcomers, immigrants and refugees on Gender-Based Violence awareness. The presentations are organized by a collaborative partnership between: CISSA-ACSEI, The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur…

Positive Spaces Starter Kit for settlement agencies – LGBTQIA+ newcomers (EN/FR)

The Positive Spaces Initiative Starter Kit was designed by OCASI in 2009 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 LGBTQIA+ newcomers, staff, and allies who participated in the…

LGBTQ Glossary of Terms (available in English & French)

This is the complete list of terms and definitions used in the OCASI Positive Spaces training modules. Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is the umbrella organization for the sector in Ontario. The resource is available in French (Français) and English.

IRCC: Dashboard on francophone immigration 2019

In 2019, IRCC Minister launched “Meeting Our Objectives: Francophone Immigration Strategy”. This Strategy displays the vision of Canada with regard to Francophone immigration in FMCs. It is an exhaustive roadmap to achieve three main objectives to support the vitality of those communities: Increase Francophone immigration to reach a target of 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside…

IRCC Gender Based Violence Settlement Sector Strategy Partnership – Winter 2020 Bulletin & Webinar Slides

In April 2019, with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), four organizations from the anti-violence and settlement sectors, partnered to begin collaborative work on developing a national strategy to address GBV for newcomers and refugees. In coming together, the partners saw it as critically important to build on the expertise of the many…

Mind Your Mind: Welcome to Canada Quiz & Posters for Newcomer Youth

This project was initiated and guided by youth in the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg’s Youth Mental Wellness program, in collaboration with the Ontario-based non-profit Mind Your Mind. This single-player or multi-player quiz game reviews some key concepts on the themes “Money & Jobs”, “Finding Help”, “Social Customs”, “Coping with Change” and “Planning for the Future”. The…

IOM/ OIM: COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has produced COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots, a series of 1-2 page snapshots on the latest analyses from around the world on the migration and mobility-related issues stemming from COVID-19. These COVID-19 Analytical Snapshots are designed to capture the latest information and analysis in a fast-moving environment. Download the Snapshots |…