The Ontario government is developing a new strategy to combat human trafficking that will be co-led by the Solicitor General and the Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues. The strategy is part of Ontario's commitment to protecting women and children and combatting gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.
As a first priority, Ontario is committing $20 million in annual funding for victim supports and anti-human trafficking enforcement initiatives.
Over the summer, the province hosted a series of 13 roundtable meetings on human trafficking with survivors, Indigenous partners, law enforcement and frontline service providers. As the government works toward a new anti-human trafficking strategy, the Solicitor General and the Associate Minister will continue to look for ways to collaborate across government, across sectors and across jurisdictions to raise awareness, help survivors, keep children and youth safe, and hold offenders accountable.