Rainbow Immigrant and Refugee Services
SPECTRUM welcomes newcomers and immigrants!
Check out our Multicultural Rainbow Connect group and our legal aid clinic. If you’re looking to start a group for your community please connect with us and we’ll try to help.
Rainbow Multicultural Connect:
Rainbow Multicultural Connect is a social gathering hosted by SPECTRUM on the 2nd Sunday afternoon (3 – 5 PM) of the month The main purpose of these social gatherings is for us to learn from each other as a diverse community. We are not only members of the Rainbow community but we also come from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
We have activities and discussions that allow us to get to know one another, learn from each another and share about our experiences. It is our hope that this time will not only be educational, but that it will also build friendships and connections within the community.
SPECTRUM does not offer legal advice and doesn't work in immigration or with refugee sponsorship.
If an individual is overseas and looking for a way to get here they need to get in touch with an organization that works with sponsorship or visa applications. One useful organization is Rainbow Refugee.
These other resources might be helpful for you as well:
- FAQ: LGBT issues in Canada’s Immigration and Refugee System
- Settlement.Org: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in Canada
- Rainbow Railroad: Get Help Settling in Canada
You might also connect with the Solidarity Alliance, a working subgroup of the Rainbow Community Council (RCC) that formed in recognition of gaps in services and essential resources for LGBTQ2+ newcomers/refugees/immigrants to Waterloo Region.