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Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1

Positive Spaces Initiative

OCASI | Positive Spaces Initiative (PSI) is pleased to announce the upcoming self-directed online training: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1

The course is a free, self-directed, online course with updated information for settlement workers to more effectively serve LGBTQIA+(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) immigrants, refugees, and newcomers.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this four-module course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework to support LGBTQIA+ immigrants, refugees, and newcomers
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various barriers and issues surrounding 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in their access to services
  • Situate yourself in the context of systemic oppressions faced by LGBTQIA+ newcomers in order to serve better LGBQIA+ immigrants and refugees living in Ontario by engaging in allyship
  • 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 September 11th - October 15th, 2023.

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

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Onar Usar at

Event Details

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