Register for Online Course: Creating Positive Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers Level 1

October 25, 2021 - 11:00pm
Online Event: 

This course is intended for settlement workers to more effectively serve LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) immigrants, refugees, and newcomers. This 4 week training incorporates updated legislative and legal information, as well as emerging issues and trends in LGBTQIA+ communities.

To Register:  Click here 

Registration Deadline: Monday October 25, 2021

Learning Objectives:

 Upon completion of this 4 week course you will be able to: 

  1. Apply the principles of an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework to support LGBTQIA+ immigrants, refugees, and newcomers
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various barriers and issues surrounding LGBTQIA+ individuals in their access to services
  1. Situate yourself in the context of systemic oppressions faced by LGBTQIA+ newcomers in order to better serve LGBTQIA+ immigrants and refugees living in Ontario by engaging in allyship
  1. 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

Criteria for Participation:

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

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

OCASI is committed to supporting the settlement sector to create welcoming, positive and inclusive spaces for all. This course will allow settlement sector employees to acquire new skills and knowledge in service provision areas to immigrants and refugees within the settlement sector.

OCASI-PSI online training series is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada