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Services for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Newcomers

The LGBTQ+ pride flag on a blue sky

Specific services and supports are available for newcomers who identify as LGBTQ. These services can include access to safe spaces, social activities, educational workshops and much more.


2S-LGBTQIA+ Newcomer Program

Speqtrum Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

An immigration and newcomer program designed for 2S-LGBTQIA+ youth who are newcomers to Hamilton.

Services include:

  • monthly community kitchens
  • workshops and social events
  • peer support
  • community referrals

This program is offered through the YWCA’s Join Immigration and Settlement Program in collaboration with Speqtrum Hamilton.

2SLGBTQ+ Intergenerational Dinner

Compass Community Health Centre
905-523-6611 ext. 2022,
438 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5, Canada

Offers a space for LGBTQ+ individuals to join to cook and eat dinner, and create community and connection.

AFFIRM LGBTQ+ Support Services

416-946-0228, 905-523-6611 ext. 2022 (Compass Community Health),
438 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5, Canada
123 James St. N, Suite 300, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K8

Offers cognitive behavioural therapy and stress and coping skills for LGBTQ+ youth and adults.

Good Body Feel Classes

Good Body Feel
145 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1G4, Canada

Offers a variety of movement classes including Dance, Pilates and Yoga.  Classes are offered on a sliding scale. Specific classes offered for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, and for those who identify as Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour. Creating an online profile through the website is required in order to register.  

Hamilton Police Service, Community Relations

Hamilton Police Service
155 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A7, Canada

Serving the Aboriginal, Faith, LGBTQ, and Newer Immigrant population, plus the wide-ranging diverse demographic of the city of Hamilton. Providing information and awareness in the spirit of fostering and enabling healthy community relations between police and the communities served. The office also works very closely with the Hate Crimes Unit towards the dissemination of information as it relates to education, awareness, and elimination of hate-related activities.

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition Information and Referral Services

Hamilton Trans Health Coalition

Offers email information and referral services for trans, gender-diverse, and non-binary people in Hamilton.

Service specializes in referrals to gender-affirming health care.

Intergenerational Kitchen

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

A cooking and social support program for LGBTQ+ newcomers in Hamilton. Provides a safe space to learn and exchange cooking skills and budget saving tips.

Free ingredient kits are provided to participants.

Program is also called Mother Tongue Community Kitchen.

Join Immigration and Settlement Program

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

An immigration and settlement program designed for newcomer women, youth, and 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

Services include:

  • peer support and weekly check-ins
  • social events and conversation circles
  • job preparation
  • community referrals
  • networking programs
  • gender-based violence supports
  • weekly events and workshops

This program operates in partnership with Speqtrum Hamilton. 

Men4Men Hamilton Men’s Clinic

AIDS Network
1-866-563-0563, 905-528-0854, 905-528-6311
140 King St E, Suite 101, Hamilton, ON L8N 1B2, Canada

Provides rapid, anonymous HIV testing, confidential STI screening (syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea), HPV vaccination (Gardasil 9 – available for men 26 years old and younger), and free safer sex supplies.

This program operates in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services.


Bathhouse Testing

Central Spa, 401 Main Street West, Hamilton Ontario

(rapid, anonymous HIV testing)

  • The first Friday of the month 5pm – 8pm
  • The second Friday of the month from 12pm – 3pm
  • The third Friday of the month from 12pm – 3pm


PFLAG Canada Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter Support Services

PFLAG Canada
1-888-530-6777 ext. 564,
170 Dundurn St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4K3, Canada

A community resource providing support, information and education, and community to people around issues of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Meeting attendance and discussions are confidential. Bus tickets may be available upon request.

RISE Collective

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 ext. 134,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

A youth-led collective that supports the voices of young women, non-binary, and gender fluid in Hamilton. Offers events, workshops, art, and movement events, including:

  • film screenings and discussion
  • guided movement exercises
  • activism and self-care workshops
  • art workshops
  • guest speakers
  • feminist review discussions

This program is funded by YWCA Canada and the Government of Canada.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Youth Wellness Centre

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
905-522-1155 ext. 31725, 905-527-8291, 905-972-8338,
38 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4W6, Canada

Offers care for mental health and addiction issues to young people in a safe environment.  Clinical mental health care is offered in an early intervention stream, a transition support stream, and from a mobile team.  Drop-in counselling is also available.  The Centre has staff who are from the LGBTQA+ community and offers psychiatrists with expertise in working with trans youth.

Strategic Training and Employment Program for Youth

YWCA Hamilton
365-599-9235, 365-659-4026,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers training opportunities and employment support for young women and non-binary youth.  

Services include:

  • Up to 6 weeks of one-to-one job preparation support
  • Up to 14 weeks paid job placement
  • Additional supports for retaining employment
  • Occupational Therapy support as required

  • Certifications may include: 

  • Life Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health and Safety
  • Smart Serve
  • Safe Food Handling

This program also offers electrical and general machinist apprenticeships, in partnership with Niagara College. 

Summer Camps

Determination Martial Arts
1360 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8K 1B7, Canada

Offers day camps throughout the summer for children ages 4-14.

The Queer Justice Project

Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
100 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W7, Canada

Offers legal services, education, and system navigation to the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community in Hamilton. This is a francophone project that has an accompanying English component.

Services include:

  • Training for community groups, service providers, and legal workers
  • Public legal education that is culturally sensitive and delivered with accessibility in mind
  • Legal support and services for disadvantaged queer clients

Uplift Program

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 (YWCA Hamilton),
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Provides women and non-binary people with the opportunity to reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing or data science through certification training and additional supports related to navigating non-traditional workplaces and job development. All training expenses are covered by FedDev Ontario, and paid by YWCA Hamilton.

Weekly Check-Ins

Speqtrum Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

A weekly check-in program for LGBTQ youth in Hamilton. Speqtrum staff check-in with participants once a week to chat, listen, provide peer, and emotional support, and connect you with other resources in the community. Check ins are offered by messaging on facebook, instagram, or email.

A weekly peer support group is also available to those in this program. Peer support session are open hours when Speqtrum staff are available online to chat and help with community referrals, answer questions, and discuss programming.

Youth Mental Health Clinician

Good Shepherd Centres
905-308-8090, 905-528-7878,
14 Cannon St W, Hamilton, ON L8R 2B2, Canada
38 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4W6, Canada

Offers short term individual mental health support and counselling for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth ages 16 to 25. 

YWCA Hamilton Pre-Apprenticeship Program

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers support for women to help secure employment in the skilled trades industry.  Provides participants with technical training and job coaching with specific regard to machinist and electrical work. 

Successful participants will receive:

  • Job readiness training
  • Up to 16 weeks of in-school training
  • 8-week work placement

YWePlay Youth Sports Program

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 ext. 135,
460 Concession St, Hamilton, ON L9A 1C3, Canada
40 Eastwood St, Hamilton, ON L8H 6R7, Canada
110 Anson Ave, Hamilton, ON L8T 2X6, Canada
1175 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1P3, Canada

Offers free programs for girls, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth, offered both in-person and virtually. Programs designed to build leadership, self-confidence, resiliency, positive relationships, and teamwork. Includes exercises that promote physical activity, nutrition and healthy eating, personal health and well-being.