Ontario Seeking Applicants for New Fund to Help Survivors of Human Trafficking
April 3, 2017
Ontario is launching a call for applications for the new Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, which will support community-based solutions for helping human trafficking survivors and increasing protection for people at risk of being trafficked.
The three-year fund will enhance services across Ontario, including:
- Meeting the complex needs of survivors with easy access to the right services, how and when they are needed
- Helping prevent at-risk people from being trafficked with new community initiatives
- Meaningfully engaging survivors in the planning and implementation of supports
- Encouraging innovation and partnerships among those who are supporting survivors and working to end human trafficking.
This call for applications follows consultations with more than 200 organizations, Indigenous partners, community groups and survivors of human trafficking on the design and development of the fund.
Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking is a part of the government’s vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety – free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.
- The Community Supports Fund will provide up to $18.7 million over three years.
- Applications must be submitted by May 18th and successful applicants will be informed in writing in June 2017.
- Individual grant sizes will depend on the type of project. Projects can be funded for a possible duration of up to three years to provide enough time for programs/services to demonstrate results.
- Human trafficking is a criminal offence that involves recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harbouring a person, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.
- The Strategy to End Human Trafficking includes an investment of up to $72 million to increase awareness and coordination, enhance justice-sector initiatives and improve survivors’ access to services.
- Ontario is a major centre for human trafficking in Canada, accounting for roughly 69 per cent of police-reported cases nationally in 2015.
- In Ontario, Indigenous women and girls are among the most targeted and overrepresented populations for human trafficking.
- Of Ontario’s reported cases of human trafficking, about 70 per cent are for the purpose of sexual exploitation, and the majority of survivors in these cases are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
“Our government recognizes the need to expand and improve access to the right services and supports for survivors of human trafficking across the province. The Community Supports Fund will enable organizations to help survivors of human trafficking get the support they need to leave a life of violence and exploitation.”
“It’s so important to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the survivors of human trafficking. This funding is a crucial step toward ensuring that these women and girls get the support they need. It provides solutions at the local level and helps survivors access services to heal and rebuild their lives.”