Ontario Seeking Applicants for New Indigenous-Led Fund to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), in partnership with the Ministry of the Status of Women and other affected ministries, is leading the implementation of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, including the establishment of, a first of its kind in Ontario, a Provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office.

Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking aims to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety -- free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.

To support increased awareness, improved access to long-term, wrap-around services for survivors, and enhanced justice-sector initiatives, MCSS is working with ministries across government and in collaboration with social services, health, education, child welfare, as well as law enforcement and justice sectors.

Key Elements of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking

The new Strategy to End Human Trafficking focuses on four areas of action: 

  • Prevention and Community Supports that will increase awareness and understanding of the causes of human trafficking, and improve community services like housing, mental health services, trauma counselling, and job skills training to meet the immediate and long-term needs of survivors.
  • Enhanced Justice Sector Initiatives that will support effective intelligence-gathering and identification, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking.  
  • Indigenous-Led Approaches that will support culturally relevant services and responses -- designed, developed, and delivered jointly with Indigenous partners.
  • Provincial Coordination and Leadership, including the development of a provincial Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Office to help improve collaboration across law enforcement, justice, social, health, education, and child welfare sectors.

What is Human Trafficking

"Human trafficking” is a criminal offence and involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harbouring a person, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.

Human trafficking is a complex and often hidden crime and human rights violation that results in serious and long-term trauma for survivors. Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable in our society and use different tactics to control, abuse, exploit and profit from victims.

Important Statistics

Human trafficking is believed to be vastly underreported. The statistics below are based on cases that were reported:

  • 65 per cent of all human trafficking cases reported to police across Canada originate in Ontario
  • Of Ontario’s reported cases, about 70 per cent are for the purpose of sexual exploitation
  • The majority of human trafficking survivors in Ontario are Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Overview of Initiatives

Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking: Progress Report

For more information, email Ontario’s Anti-Trafficking Coordination Office

Additional Resources

Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking
Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Office
Progress Report on It’s Never Okay, An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women
Human Trafficking - Online Training for Service Providers