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Ontario Funding Specialized Services for Human Trafficking Survivors

Ontario is providing a total of approximately $18.6 million to 44 partners and agencies across the province for projects that aim to prevent human trafficking and support survivors, through the Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund and the Community Supports Fund.

Community Supports Fund (three-year projects) - total funding of $14,053,138:




Project description


SafeHope Home


Long-term recovery program designed to guide trafficked/sexually exploited women into full rehabilitation and re-integration.


Guelph Wellington Women In Crisis


Outreach, education and prevention, as well as system navigation and stabilizing supports for survivors of human trafficking.

Halton (Oakville)

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton


Emergency and crisis response supports and long-term mobile outreach for human trafficking survivors.


Addiction Services of Thames Valley


Support and programming for women who have been trafficked in the sex trade.


Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians

$52,712 (one year only)

A three-day education and training forum and workshop that brings workers and community members of member First Nations from across Ontario to learn about human trafficking.


London Abused Women's Centre


Crisis response, outreach and prevention for exploited and at-risk women and youth, as well extended, trauma-informed wraparound services. Advocacy and counselling to family members of trafficked women and girls will also be offered.


Huronia Transition Homes


Crisis and longer-term supports for women who have been trafficked.

Northwestern Ontario

Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services


An anti-human trafficking committee among 10 member First Nations will provide education, identify and address service gaps, raise awareness of the issue and contributing factors, and strengthen service provision.

Northwestern Ontario

Kenora Sexual Assault Centre


Responsive, comprehensive care for survivors of human trafficking through increased staffing, better access to services and a wraparound support model, as well as prevention and awareness programming and outreach along with 24/7 crisis support.


Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes


Prevention and awareness will be built through regional training sessions and coordination meetings for Franco-Ontarian organizations that offer services to Francophone women who are victims or at risk of human trafficking.


A New Day Youth and Adult Services


A residential treatment program, with peer support and wraparound support services in the areas of trauma and loss, mental health, addictions, and relationships, with individual and group counselling.


Voice Found


A range of health services will be offered to survivors of human trafficking in a safe, non-judgemental and culturally sensitive setting, delivered by a nurse practitioner.


Youturn Youth Support Services


Intensive services and supports for youth, with 24/7 on-call support. Where possible, family will also be linked into programming.

Peel (Mississauga)

Family Services of Peel


A screening tool will be developed that can be used by service providers to identify those who are at risk of being trafficked, as well as a peer support model for service providers.


Victim Services of Renfrew County


Education, prevention and long-term approaches through public education/prevention work and improved access to local, targeted supports.


Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia Lambton


Public education/prevention; access to local, targeted supports through a dedicated human trafficking worker; wraparound supports and enhanced collaboration through a community response protocol.

Thunder Bay and Sudbury

Ontario Native Women’s Association


A human trafficking response team will respond 24/7 to women at risk of, or leaving, a trafficking situation. A broad range of client-centred services will be offered, using a strengths-based approach that honours the voices of women with lived experience.


Centre Passerelle pour femmes du Nord de Ontario


Transitional supports for French-speaking survivors of human trafficking to help them access housing, legal assistance, financial support, counselling and other services.


City of Toronto


Residential supports for trafficked women and girls with comprehensive, on-site services such as mental health and addictions treatment, education, and legal and income supports.


East Metro Youth Services


Peer mentorship, public education, outreach and case management. Clinical trauma therapy. Supports to assist families with reintegration of survivors.


FCJ Refugee Centre


Identification, intervention and prevention of labour trafficking and exploitation among migrant workers.


South Asian Legal Clinic Ontario


Legal education for victims and survivors of human trafficking and front-line service providers in the areas of criminal law, immigration law and employment law, including e-learning tools that can be accessed throughout Ontario.


Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo


Education, prevention and other approaches to those at risk of being trafficked and those experiencing sex trafficking, through a dedicated human trafficking worker, a part-time educator, and enhanced crisis supports.


Legal Assistance of Windsor


Case management, legal system navigation and other supports for survivors of human trafficking, as well as education and outreach.

York and Simcoe

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions  and York Region Children’s Aid Society


A survivor focused, trauma-informed model will provide training for specialized caregivers and community services staff to support survivors in stable, long-term environments that will help them heal, reclaim their lives and transition to healthy independence. 

York (Newmarket)

York Women's Support Network


Prevention and awareness through outreach and education, with trauma counselling leading into an intensive healing program.

York (Richmond Hill)



Emergency and transitional housing with supports and services and programming offered on-site, followed by semi-independent living with a live-in survivor peer mentor.


Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund: prevention and service delivery (three-year projects) - total funding of $3,415,988




Project description


Native Women Inc. Hamilton Wentworth


Wraparound services including emergency shelter, beds, transportation, food, and trauma-informed, culturally respectful care.


Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services


An Anti-Human Trafficking Team will coordinate a survivors’ circle, conduct education and outreach, and create prevention and intervention programming, as well as a referral program and partnerships.


Minwaashin Lodge Aboriginal Women's Support Centre


Counselling, cultural teachings and ceremonies, guidance support, employment training, and street outreach.  Elders incorporate Indigenous knowledge into programs and services.


Métis Nation of Ontario


A full-time staff member will coordinate services and housing supports to survivors in collaboration with the Elizabeth Fry Society.


Wabano Health


A comprehensive program that focuses on culture, prevention, intervention and systems navigation, incorporating traditional Indigenous teachings and contemporary to promote healing without guilt or shame.

Thunder Bay

Beendigen Inc.


Survivor-informed outreach services and supports for survivors, driven by Indigenous approaches to healing.


Native Family Child and Youth Services Toronto


Comprehensive culture-based outreach, prevention, healing, and treatment services for Indigenous survivors and at-risk children and youth.


Native Women's Resource Centre Toronto


Facilitation of regional working groups to provide education, evidence-based interventions, holistic individualized supports and wraparound resources that empower survivors. This will include 12 community engagements.

Indigenous-led Initiative Fund capacity building (one-year projects) - total funding of $1,136,405




Project description

11 Independent First Nations communities throughout Ontario

Independent First Nations


Engagement at the collective and community-based levels to support partnerships, networking and linkages on provincial initiatives and facilitate development of Indigenous-led projects to prevent and address the human trafficking of Indigenous peoples from Independent First Nations communities.


Native Women Inc. Hamilton Wentworth


Facilitation of regional working groups to provide education, evidence-based interventions, holistic individualized supports and wraparound resources that empower survivors.

Kirkland Lake

Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group


An anti-trafficking and sexualized violence project will centre around a two-day symposium led by Indigenous women and girls with lived experience.

Oneida Nation of the Thames

Oneida Human Services


A local, multi-sector collaboration will focus on prevention for Indigenous persons at risk of human trafficking and the development of long term strategies which are trauma informed and culturally respectful.


Tungasuvvingat Inuit


A coordinator and outreach worker will develop an Inuit community advisory committee, a partnership and collaboration table, four community consultations and an Inuit-specific anti-human-trafficking framework.

Sault Ste. Marie

Missanabie Cree


A new Indigenous Task Force to End Human Trafficking will support survivors interested in reintegrating safely into the urban setting with safety supports and wraparound services. Workshops and presentations will also be offered, as well as safe exit options for those whom wish to leave the sex trade. 

Six Nations

Ganohkwasra Family Support Services


Evaluation and environmental scan to determine short-term educational/awareness goals and long-term service delivery needs. 

Thunder Bay

Indige-Spheres to Empowerment


Knowledge gathering of personal stories and narratives regarding Indigenous youth and human trafficking in the Thunder Bay region through culturally relevant activities.

Thunder Bay/ Northwestern Ontario

Nishnawbe Aski Nation


Engagement sessions in four member communities, as well as sessions in Thunder Bay for young people who had to leave their First Nations to attend school, and a focus group for participants from 30 NAN communities.


*Unnamed agency


Indigenous survivors and persons with lived experience will be engaged in an advisory circle with Elders, taking a holistic approach that recognizes health and healing as a balance between the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.

Agencies marked with * requested to not be named publicly due to security concerns. However, partners in those communities who work with human trafficking survivors will be informed about the services available, to pave the way for referrals.

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