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

A family sitting together

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.


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.

2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Program

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

An immigration and newcomer program designed for 2SLGBTQIA+ 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.

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.

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. Participants share recipes from home, and build community while sharing a meal.

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.


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
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.

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

Weekly Check-Ins

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

A weekly check-in program for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in Hamilton. Speqtrum staff check in with participants once a week to chat, listen, provide support, and offer resources in the community. Check ins are offered by email, text, or messages on Facebook or Instagram.

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 are 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.