Crossroads Immigrants FrancoQueer
The Carrefour des Immigrants FrancoQueer (CIF) is a program which was established in 2015 with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. The program was designed to help French-speaking men seeking men, women seeking women and LGBT refugees who are new to Canada.
The mandate of the CIF is to help with the establishment and social integration of LGBT francophones who oftentimes come from countries where homosexuality is heavily punished or criminalised, and where their lives are in danger. We offer numerous services in French, such as:
- A telephone referral service
- Confidential one-on-one meetings
- Coordinating connections with other members of the community
- Educational workshops for learning about Canadian culture
- Dialogue and support groups on the topics of physical, sexual and mental health
- Individualized confidential support in applying for asylum
- Referral towards important services like housing assistance, English language classes, medical and mental health care, legal aid, and education and employment services
For more information, or to join the Carrefour des Immigrants FrancoQueer, please contact Ronald Dieleman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 647-709-2600.
During its first two years in existence, the Carrefour des Immigrants FrancoQueer program has helped over 110 francophone refugees who identify as sexual minorities. As a result of a demonstrated need within the community, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade has recommitted its financial support until March of 2018. FrancoQueer is in the process of applying for a renewal for an additional three years.
FrancoQueer would like to thank our partner organizations who are associated with this project: the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Action positive VIH/sida, Oasis Centre des femmes, the Centre francophone de Toronto, Black Coalition for Aids Prevention and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. Our coordinated actions allow us to reach out to a population around which there needs to be better awareness, and thus better serve people in need.
This program was established as the result of a research report on the needs of LGBTQIA francophone immigrants and refugees in Ontario, which was carried out in collaboration with OCASI, and with the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. The full report is available in French and in English by clicking here.
This program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenships, Immigration and International Trade.