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  • Ontario Announces Members of New Indigenous Women's Advisory Council

    Toronto — Today, the Ontario government announced members of the new Indigenous Women's Advisory Council. The Council includes First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and LGBTQ2S leaders on violence prevention who will provide input on issues impacting their communities such as human trafficking and child, youth and family well-being. Today's announcement is being made on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

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  • Ontario Expanding Services for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

    TORONTO — The Ontario Government is investing up to $46 million over the next five years to increase community-based and Indigenous-specific supports for child and youth victims of sex trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund and the Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund will prioritize early intervention and increased protection for victims of sexual exploitation and dedicated survivor supports.

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  • Ontario Supports Children and Youth during COVID-19

    TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $1 million to improve access to healthy meals and snacks for school-age children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result of the province-wide school closures, the Student Nutrition Program has had to find new ways to support families experiencing increased food insecurity.

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  • Ontario Taking Action to Better Protect Indigenous Women

    Toronto, ON — The Ontario government is establishing a new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council that will provide culturally-relevant advice on violence prevention. The Council will help confront and eliminate the root causes of violence so that Indigenous women and girls today, and for generations to come, will be able to live their lives feeling safe and secure. Today’s announcement is being made on the first day of National Indigenous History Month in Canada.

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  • Ontario Marks Children and Youth in Care Day

    TORONTO — Today, Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, released the following statement to recognize Children and Youth in Care Day:

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  • Ontario Protecting Vulnerable Ontarians During COVID-19 Outbreak

    TORONTO — As part of the Government of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the province is investing up to $40 million to support organizations that provide residential services for children and youth, people with developmental disabilities and emergency shelters for women and families fleeing domestic violence.

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  • Ontario to Implement Needs-Based Autism Program In-Line with Advisory Panel's Advice

    TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government announced it is adopting the Ontario Autism Panel’s key recommendations for a needs-based autism program. The program recognizes that every family’s experience and needs are different, and that children and youth on the autism spectrum have different levels of need at different points in their lives. These changes will put Ontario on track to deliver a comprehensive, sustainable and family-centred program.

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  • Ontario Advances National Conversation to Fight Human Trafficking

    Victoria, B.C. —This week, Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister for Children and Women’s Issues, met with Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) counterparts in Victoria, British Columbia to advance the Ontario government’s commitment to combat human trafficking and protect women and children.

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