Weekly Update: August 14 – 20, 2017

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News & Events:

July 25, 2017 – Bridge Clinic for Refugees – Services at Bridge Clinic will ramp down by November 3, 2017. “After August 18, refugees will be referred directly to VCH primary care clinics or Fraser Health clinics in the community where they reside. More information will be provided by Bridge staff as to where new refugees can access care”.

August 15, 2017 – BC Local News – Chilliwack concert to support refugee counselling organization

August 16, 2017 – BC Local NewsBeyond The Headlines: No free ride for refugees – Vernon BC

August 16, 2017 – AXIOS – Report: Canada gets refugees to work faster than anyone in the west

What sets Canada apart: Its flexible labor market, decentralized settlement services and welcoming culture, which combine to get refugees into jobs rapidly, according to the report by the Tent Foundation and the Open Political Economy Network (OPEN). “There’s a perception in the world that taking on refugees can be a burden to a country … [but] they really do make serious contributions to the economy,” Tent’s Gideon Maltz told Axios.

August 17, 2017 – Richmond NewsBusiness association invites refugees to work in Richmond: 250 refugees are invited for a dinner with restaurant owners on Sept. 30.


Reports & Publications:

November 2016 – Provision Settlement Services for LGBTQ Newcomers to Edmonton: Identifying Needs and Best Practices. Prepared for The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.

Tent Foundation Report: Public Perceptions of the Refugee Crisis – Canada Year 2 – 2016/2017. This report looks specifically at Canada. It comments on shifts in public opinion since Year 1 (2015/16), as well benchmarking Canada against the rest of the world.

August 2017 – Tent Foundation Report: How to Get Refugees into Work Quickly By Philippe Legrain

Resource Centre – Education

The Pride Education Network of teachers, administrators, support staff, youth and parents strives to make the B.C. school system more welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ students and staff, and queer families. “We imagine schools as places where differences are not simply tolerated, but celebrated.”

Resource Centre – LGBTQ:


Trans Care BC – Provincial Health Services Authority – The Transgender Health Information Program – THiP – is a BC-wide information service and resource hub. “We want to make sure people have the information they need to access gender affirming health care and supports. 

Rainbow Refugee An organization that works with LGBTQ refugees and refugee claimants, providing support services. Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.

Qmunity – BC’s Queer Resource CentreQMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. Qmunity provides a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. The building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.

Our City of Colours – Raising visibility of LGBTQ+ issues in diverse communities: Provides a list of LGBTQ resources in the Lower Mainland, including a list of support groups.

AMSSA – List of resources to support LGBTQ newcomers.

Settlement.org – List of resources for applying for refugee status in Canada for LGBTQ individuals

Egale – Canada Human Rights Trust – FAQ: LGBT issues in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System

Foundation of Hope – LGBT, Refugee and Newcomer Resources 

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society – The Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society supports lesbian health and social needs on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada. VLSCS provides safe, accessible, and welcoming spaces; and builds community through public education and social action.

The Fraser Valley Youth Society (FVYS) – A not for profit society located in the Fraser Valley since 2000. FVYS has been providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership through our workshops, programs and community connections since 2000. “Our main focus is to support LGBTQ2S+ and Allied youth in the Fraser Valley. We want to connect them to their peers, their communities and to provide supportive & inclusive help where needed. We operate a weekly drop-in (Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack) to connect youth and young adults to a healthy and vibrant LGBTQ2+ and allied community.”

South Island Pride Community Centre Society – A community resource providing support, health and social services, and public education for the well being of people of all genders, gender identities, and sexualities, and their allies in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. The Centre is committed to building pride, civic engagement and community participation within a safe and supportive environment while fostering self-determination and acceptance of diversity within the larger community. It provides a home for the birth, nurture, and celebration of our organizations and cultures.

Trans Vancouver Island – A regularly maintained website with a list of resources and support services for the LGBTQ community on Vancouver Island.

Island Sexual Health – A list of support services for the LGBTQ community on Vancouver Island, with a focus on primary healthcare.

Rainbow Health Co-operative – A community owned organization located in Victoria, BC, with the mandate to provide healthcare, livelihood and related services to underserved communities; Membership is open to all, but the focus of this organization is the gender non-conforming and transgender (trans) community. “We are trans-centric and queer inclusive. Our primary service is to promote existing groups and establish new ones to assist transsexuals and their families”

The Pride Education Network of teachers, administrators, support staff, youth and parents strives to make the B.C. school system more welcoming and equitable for LGBTQ students and staff, and queer families. “We imagine schools as places where differences are not simply tolerated, but celebrated.”

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada, Paper prepared for the Immigration and Refugee Board, 2013 – By Nicole LaViolette, Associate Professor, Law Faculty, University of Ottawa

UNHCR Report (2011) – Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex Persons in Forced Displacement

UNHCR Report (2012) – Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees

UNHCR Report (2013) – Resettlement Assessment Tool: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Refugees

UNHCR Policy Documents Related to Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity – Refworld has compiled a list of documents related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, including legal, policy and background information. This “Special Feature” on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is regularly maintained and contains legal, policy and operational material.