About Us

The Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS) is a grassroots, registered non-profit society, established in 2011, to advocate, support, and privately sponsor LGBTQI refugees seeking to resettle in Nova Scotia.

Since 2013, RRANS has privately sponsored four refugees from Iran, two refugees from Gambia, three refugees from Syria, one refugee from Kenya and a refugee family from Guatemala. We’ve also supported six government-assisted refugees, and we’re continuously fundraising to sponsor and resettle more refugees. We also work closely with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) on developing a model of how to settle LGBTQI+ refugees.

RRANS does not receive government funding and, therefore, relies solely on the generous support of individuals, the community and corporate sponsors.