The Rainbow Refugee Assistance Partnership will allow Canadians to privately sponsor LGBTQ2 refugees, building on the Rainbow Refugee Assistance pilot project established in 2011.
While the latter only allowed 15 refugees to be sponsored under the program, the new initiative will have 50 spots available.
Refugees sponsored under this program will receive startup costs and three months of support to help them settle in Canada, giving them a running start in their new home.
Speaking about the new initiative, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said, "LGBTQ2 refugees have faced unimaginable circumstances just for being who they are. Canada will protect them and help keep them safe. The LGBTQ2 community has been steadfast in their mission in raising awareness of the unique needs of LGBTQ2 refugees among Canadians and helping these most vulnerable people feel safe at long last.”