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New to Canada?


speqtrum now offers services for 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth who are new to Canada! This is Hamilton's very first program serving 2S-LGBTQIA+ newcomers. We provide this support to newcomers in partnership with the YWCA's Join Program for newcomers.

How We Support 2S-LGBTQIA+ Newcomers


  • Support with integration from 2S-LGBTQIA+ peers

  • Help to build relationships between 2S-LGBTQIA+ newcomers and intersecting community members to break isolation

  • Build community spaces and networks through our regular community events, workshops, and socials

  • Form relationships within and across communities to advocate for mutual needs


  • Resources and basic support navigating services such as healthcare, employment, social assistance, and housing as a 2S-LGBTQIA+ person

  • Weekly Check-ins within our Check-in program

  • Identify safe(r) spaces and resources for 2S-LGBTQIA+ Newcomers' needs

  • Build skills, confidence, and knowledge that assist newcomers in self-advocacy and integration