Ontario Provides Funding to Combat Human Trafficking in NortheastNovember 29, 2018
NORTH BAY – Ontario’s Government for the People is providing $1.5 million to help police fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities through the Civil Remedies Grant Program.
The funding is from the forfeiture of proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity, and is being provided to 21 initiatives across the province, including $55,175 for the OPP North East Region Human Trafficking Awareness Project, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced today.
“This grant program supports initiatives that help victims and keep communities safe,” said Fedeli, who noted he and colleague MPP Laurie Scott met with police and victims service advocates in North Bay in 2016 to discuss her proposed legislation at the time aimed at combatting human trafficking.
“This is an important initiative. Human trafficking is a heinous crime akin to modern day slavery, and is of great concern to communities across Ontario,” added Fedeli.
The Human Trafficking Awareness Project will provide education and awareness to officers and stakeholders through a regional conference and various training opportunities.
The OPP branch also plans to purchase digital technology and equipment to deliver investigative expertise and a victim-centred, trauma-informed approach to helping human trafficking victims.