Sponsorship includes financial support for the first year in Canada plus start-up costs for items such as clothing and furniture. We sponsor using different government programs: Rainbow Refugee Assistance program (Rainbow RAP), Blended Visa Office Referred program (BVOR) and sometimes we become community sponsors to government sponsored refugees through the Joint Assistance Sponsorship program (JAS). If you would like to know more about our sponsorships and would like to be involved in the beautiful work of bringing hope to and LGBTQ+ refugee, please contact us at refugeesettlement@mcctoronto.com  

We provide ‘wrap-around’ supports needed to help a refugee build a new life in Canada.​

We help sponsored refugees find housing, access language training, healthcare, counselling, education, employment and other services. We assist with required paperwork and we provide orientation to banking, transportation, and city resources. We also provide emotional, social and spiritual support if desired.

A volunteer Settlement Team, supported by our LGBTQ+ Refugee Programs staff, will work with a sponsored refugee for a minimum of 12 months.


Are you living outside your country of origin, identify as LGBTQ+ and are fleeing persecution based on you sexual orientation or gender identity/expression?
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When I was 18 and my boyfriend was 20, Iranian officials discovered I was gay. They gave me three choices – they could kill me and I would be ‘fixed’ when I went to Paradise; I could undergo therapy to 'become' heterosexual; or, because I had completed my mandatory military service, they could give me a passport and I could leave the country. I knew others who chose the ‘therapy’ – they later killed themselves. I chose to leave. My boyfriend didn’t have a passport, so he paid someone to lead him over the border. That was a hard night for me. They sweep border areas with searchlights and if they spot you, they shoot you. But he made it. We spent two years in Turkey waiting to be sponsored to Canada, because we knew here, we would be free and our relationship respected. MCC Toronto sponsored us both. They met us at the airport and helped us find permanent housing. They helped us get into ESL classes, get our health cards and other documents. They introduced us to Toronto and gave us emotional and practical support. Now we’re both working, we love Toronto and love our new lives together.

Refugee sponsored by MCC Toronto