Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Programs

At BGC Hamilton-Halton we strive to be a safe and welcoming space for all members of the communities we serve.

We are proud to offer a variety of programs for newcomers to Canada, Indigenous peoples, 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, and self-identifying women/girls.

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Program Contact

For more information about our equity, diversity and inclusion programs, please contact Sabanta.


Newcomer Programs

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Conversation Circles

Funded by IRCC, conversation circles are designed to help newcomers develop their English language skills through informal conversations. Join our facilitators and they guide you through stories, tongue twisters, practice dialogues, and more! Must be a permanent resident to join. This program is running virtually.

Ages: 18+

Available in the following languages:
Arabic: Temporarily not operating
Spanish: Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

Community Connections for Newcomer Youth

The Community Connections Program for youth provides services to newcomers to encourage social, cultural and professional interactions to help them in their settlement journey to Canada. This is a registered program for Permanent Residents and Government Assisted Refugees. This program is running virtually.

Ages: 13-24
Fridays 5:30-6:30pm

Newcomer Parent and Child Cooking

This program is designed for newcomer parents 18+ and their children to cook together and learn new recipes. Through cooking, parents and children will have a time to bond over cooking while meeting other newcomer families in Hamilton. Spaces are limited. Must be a permanent resident or government assisted refugee. This program is running virtually.

Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm

Women’s Space

Participants in this program will discuss topics on mental health & wellness, resources in Hamilton, employment, and family dynamics. Spaces limited. Must be a permanent resident or government assisted refugee. This program is running virtually.

Ages 18+, Woman Identifying
Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm

2SLGBTQIA+ Youth Programs

Positive Space

Positive Space is a youth-led initiative whose purpose is to support 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. Youth will have access to a safe space where they can share their struggles and joys around their sexual orientation and gender identities. The youth will set out the agenda, and how the program will run with staff supporting program planning and cover topics such as relationships, safety, and outreach. This program is running in person at Centre Mall.

Ages: 14-24
Mondays 6:00-8:00pm

Gender Inclusive Programs


GirlsZONE programs provide fun, inclusive, safe space for girls in the community. This program offers a wide variety of activities that facilitate conversations around gender centered issues and provide opportunities to build confidence, self-esteem, and self-advocacy within the participants. Programming includes creative, physical, and wellness based activities. ​

Girls Fit

Self-identifying girls between the ages of 6-12 will get involved with physical wellness in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. Girls fit is not limited to sport based programming, but will also include fitness, personal wellness, nutritional education, with aspects of goal setting. Program in partnership with Hamilton Fitness Community.

Her & I

A program for self-identified girls (6-12) and their woman mentor (18+) to engage in fun activities that strengthen their relationship!

​Ages 6-12 and 18+

Our Gender Inclusion Programs are generously supported by: