Minister Monsef - $75-million National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking announced, Special Advisor appointed
"Canadians expect their government to keep them safe at home, at work, and in their communities. We know that women and girls, and particularly Indigenous women and girls, are disproportionately more likely to experience gender-based violence, and are at the greatest risk of human trafficking. That’s why we are making historic investments to end all forms of violence and injustice, including this new investment to help eliminate human trafficking in Canada and abroad."
- The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
“I have seen the distressing consequences of human trafficking first hand through my work and as a community advocate. I am very grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Government’s efforts to combat human trafficking, in particular as it relates to empowering victims, and I look forward to working with likeminded stakeholders.”
- Shirley Cuillierrier, M.O.M., Special Advisor to Combat Human Trafficking
In 2016, Canadian police services reported 340 incidents of human trafficking where it was the most serious violation. This represents the highest rate recorded since comparable data became available in 2009.
The Royal Assent of Bill C-75 gave law enforcement and prosecutors new tools to help enforce human trafficking offences and protect victims and survivors.
At last year’s G7 Security Ministers’ Meeting in Toronto, Ministers agreed to work together to combat human trafficking by strengthening procurement practices and information sharing.
The Government of Canada is investing nearly $200 million, and over $40 million per year ongoing, for initiatives to combat gender-based violence, in addition to creating or repairing 7,000 shelter spaces under the National Housing Strategy.
Testimony from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has highlighted strong links between human trafficking and the disproportionately high rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls, noting that the extent of human trafficking and victimization of Indigenous women is grossly under-reported.
On-going federal anti-human trafficking efforts include work by Public Safety Canada; the Canada Border Services Agency; Employment and Social Development Canada; the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada; Global Affairs Canada; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; the Department of Justice; Public Service and Procurement Canada; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Statistics Canada; and Women and Gender Equality Canada.
- National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking: 2019-2024
- Biography of Shirley Cuillierrier, M.O.M., Special Advisor on Human Trafficking
- Human Trafficking Consultation Report
- Statement by Ministers Goodale and Lametti on the Government Response to Human Trafficking Report
- Government of Canada engages stakeholders to counter human trafficking
- Roundtable on gender and trafficking in persons held in advance of G7 Security Ministers’ Meeting
- Public Safety Canada: Human Trafficking
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- 24th Report of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights titled Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Canada and accompanying Government Response
- Trafficking in persons in Canada, 2016 statistics
- Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline
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