program for newcomers and asylum seekers
The Montreal LGBTQ+ Community Centre is the initiator of the LGBTQ+ Compass, program for newcomers and asylum seekers, a project supported by Centraide and Chambre des notaires du Québec (CNQ). We offer services to migrants and asylum seekers established in the province of Quebec.
Please note that the activities of the LGBTQ+ Compass are intended only for migrants (of all immigration status, including undocumented) or asylum seekers.
We organize educational workshops for our members, community organizations and businesses wishing to provide a more inclusive and safer environment. For the workshops offered to our members, we can count on many partners who allow us to improve our service offer.
Example of workshops available:
For our members
- Labor law
- Employability workshop
- Housing law
Free for the members!
For organizations and corporations
- Reality and journey of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers – Workshop for the intervention environment
- LGBTQ+ ally 101
- Tailor-made training available
Contact us for prices!
We offer psychological preparation services for the hearing as well as individual meetings for guidance and referral to appropriate services for migrants who are members of the Montreal LGBTQ+ Community Center.
Psychological preparation meeting for the hearing
The purpose of the meeting is to demystify the different steps of the asylum application and to find out which resources to seek help from We will also discuss strategies for dealing with stress related to the asylum claim.
Please note that psychological preparation meetings for the hearing do not replace a meeting with a legal professional or a psychologist
Available in French, English and Spanish
Writing a letter of support for the hearing
When you are a member of the Montreal LGBTQ+ Community Center, they can write you a letter of support for the hearing. This letter is used to prove your affiliation with an LGBTQ+ community group. The more we know you, the more personalized the letter!
We are giving the letter only upon presentation of proof of appearance at the hearing.
Psychosocial follow-up (temporary service)
The goal of the psychosocial follow-up is to support LGBTQ+ migrants and asylum seekers by accompanying and encouraging them in their efforts to deal with a problematic situation they have experienced.
We offer three one-hour meetings that can allow to vent, talk or, as needed, be referred to the resources best suited to your needs.