Here are various resources on LGBT refugees and rights from Canada.


March 10, 2015 – Sponsor an LGBTQ refugee

This YouTube video is produced by the United Church of Canada one of the most important independent agencies sponsoring LGBTQ refugees seeking asylum in Canada. Those of us here at ROW encourage you to spread the word by sharing this video and/or sending out links to this website. Thank you for your continued interest and support!


Oct 5, 2013 – Amending Regulations to Share Information on Immigration and Visa Applicants Between Canada and the United States

Apr 2013 – “On what grounds?” LGBT asylum claims in Canada

Jan 2013 – Important changes in Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program 

Summary of many of the changes put together by the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Dec 15, 2012 – Procedures With Respect to Vulnerable Persons Appearing Before the IRB

The Immigration Review Board has cancelled or revised various policies and guidelines, mostly in light of the changes that came into force Dec. 15. Guideline 8 on vulnerable persons has been amended to include a reference to LGBTI individuals being potentially vulnerable persons.

Oct 19, 2012 – Citzenship and Immigration Canada Operational Bulletin 356 – October 19, 2012

CIC Regulatory changes to Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program came into force on October 19, 2012. It affects all applications for refugee resettlement.

Fall 2010 – Settlement of Newcomers to Canada 

The Canadian Social Work (CSW) journal published a special issue on policy and settlement practice with immigrants and refugees in the Canadian Social Work (CSW) journal.   One study highlights the importance of social workers understanding newcomers’ values and practices in relation to same-sex sexual orientation, needs for safety and acceptance of LGB people within immigrant communities as well the welcoming of newcomers into mainstream LGB communities.

Aug 25. 2010 – Biometric Information Sharing Under the High Value Data Sharing Protocol – Canada

Mar 1. 2010 – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Refugee Determination Process

Paper prepared for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in support of a presentation made to the Board members on sexual orientation, gender identity and the refugee determination process. The paper reviews developments and issues specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered refugees and the Canadian inland refugee determination process.

May 2004 – Sexual Orientation and the Refugee Determination Process: Questioning a Claimant About Their Membership in the Particular Social Group

Outlined in this document is a suggested approach to questioning a claimant about their sexual orientation. The purpose of this model is to provided decision-makers with a range of issues that they may explore with a claimant when it is determined that membership in a particular social group is an issue to be determined in the refugee claim.  Only the questioning model is included in this version. The legal issues are more fully canvassed in later papers, also posted on the SSRN.