Sign our petition to keep federal LGBTQI refugee funding!

We need your help - please consider signing our petition

At the end of March, we risk losing a third of our funding. The Rainbow Refugee Assistance Program is a pilot project established by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to make a contribution toward the cost of sponsoring overseas lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) refugees to Canada. The project is set to expire at the end of March 2015 and we fear that the end of this funding will seriously undermine the progress made in increasing the private resettlement of LGBTQI refugees. 

We kindly ask you to please click here and petition The Minister of Immigration, The Honourable Chris Alexander to keep the Rainbow Refugee Assistance Program. We’re over halfway to our petition goal, but we need your help to keep this program alive. Please invite your friends, family and anyone who may be interested in LGBTQI issues to sign the petition too!

Petitions are a great way to show your support, but a personal letter is even better. We encourage you to write a letter to your local MP and The Honourable Chris Alexander to let them know that you’d like to see the program stay in place.

Mailing Details:
The Honourable Chris Alexander, P.C., M.P.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1L1

Last Note: Once again, we’d just like to thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of LGBTQI Refugees – we wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

Your 2014 Tax receipts are on the way! 

Thank you again for your generous donations in 2014.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who were able to donate to theRainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia over the Holidays. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to fundraise over $8,000, which will go towards the settlement of LGBTQI refugees here in Nova Scotia. Over the past week, we’ve been mailing out tax receipts, so if you donated to us in 2014 and haven’t already received a tax receipt, it will be in your mailbox shortly.

2015 Donations Needs List

We are still on the hunt for donations of warm winter clothes, furniture, and small appliances.

These items will help our clients start off on the right foot as they re-settle in Halifax during these cold winter months. Particular items that we are seeking are:

  • A mattress set
  • A dinner table set
  • A living room rug
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Bedroom night stands/end tables
  • A hair dryer
  • A large + medium cooking pot
  • Tools (pliers, wrench, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • A small tea pot
  • A Microwave
  • Bed sheets
  • A multitask mixer/blender/etc
  • Any compact fluorescent lamps

If you can help out in any way with a donation, please e-mail us at

Posted on February 5, 2015 .