Scotiabank and The 519, Canada’s largest 2SLGBTQIA+ service provider and community centre, have agreed a $750,000, three-year partnership. Specifically, two new programmes will launch, designed to equip newcomers, refugees and asylum-seekers with integration and employment supports as they build a new life in Canada.

Project Unlock will provide individualised programmes to LGBTQIA+ newcomers. This includes financial assistance, to achieve certification for in-demand careers. Participants will receive mentorship and coaching opportunities and job search support. The 519 will also deliver training for employers across Canada to build more inclusive and accepting employment environments.

El Lugar will support Latin American newcomers. This will include gatherings, workshops and language and integration support to help them successfully enter the workplace and maintain employment.

“At Scotiabank, we are proud of our commitment to help advance inclusion and belonging and foster new opportunities for the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities locally and across our global footprint,” said Meigan Terry, SVP and Chief Sustainability, Social Impact and Communications Officer at Scotiabank.

“Through ScotiaRISE, we are pleased to partner and support the invaluable work of The 519, to provide help to newcomers as they settle and establish social and financial stability in Canada.”

Lisa Duplessis, Director, Programs and Community Services at The 519, added: “We’re thrilled to deepen our partnership with Scotiabank in support of the communities we serve. LGBTQIA+ people seeking refuge in Canada contribute so much to our communities and our country. This partnership will allow us to continue to provide unique wrap-around and employment support for those looking to rebuild their lives in their new home.”

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