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  • January 30, 2018

Governments of Canada and Ontario Providing Housing Support for Human Trafficking Survivors in Scarborough-Guildwood

January 30, 2018

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing more than $7 million to help survivors of human trafficking in Ontario through new transitional housing and rent assistance. This will help ensure that survivors have a safe place to live while they access services and supports to help them heal from trauma and rebuild their lives.

This funding will be delivered through the joint federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. In Scarborough-Guildwood, East Metro Youth Services will receive $598,500 for their rent assistance program “Safe Horizen”. This will complement the services and supports that East Metro Youth Services and the City of Toronto are providing to survivors of human trafficking with $488,691 and $885,208 respectively, through the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund.


“Through the vital Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, East Metro Youth Services, a local Scarborough-Guildwood community organization, can assist human-trafficking survivors attain a new lease on life. Projects like Safe Horizen will provide more than safe and affordable places to live – they will be the key to a better life for the future residents who will call them home.”

— Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood

“Through the Ministry of Community and Social Services Anti Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund, East Metro Youth Services will extend the capacity of our Gender-Based Violence program to continue to effectively to provide survivor led initiatives within Scarborough and across the GTA.”

— Myra Levy, Director of Clinical and Professional Services, East Metro Youth Services

“The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. These investments demonstrate our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivors of human trafficking are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”

— Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Ontario is committed to working with survivors, and with communities and agencies that provide critical supports to those who have been trafficked. It is so vital that survivors of human trafficking have access to the services they need, including housing so that they can heal from the trauma after leaving a life of violence and exploitation.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services


  • On September 28, 2017, Ontario announced $18.6 million in program funding for 45 projectsthat focus on prevention and improving services and supports for survivors of human trafficking, through the Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund. Today’s funding announcement will provide further support to many of those projects.
    • More than $67 million to support the construction, repair and adaptation of affordable housing for seniors;
    • Close to $28 million to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence;
    • More than $209 million to help address the increasing demand for repairs as social housing units age, and to improve efficiency and reduce energy and water use
  • Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. Under the National Housing Strategy, the federal government will recognize and progressively implement every Canadian’s right to access housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
  • Through the IAH, the Government of Canada is also providing to Ontario over two years:


  • As Canada's authority on housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to all levels of Canadian government, consumers and the housing industry. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642 or follow us on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking includes an investment of up to $72 million to increase awareness and coordination, enhance justice-sector initiatives and improve survivors' access to services. The strategy is part of the Ontario government's vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety, free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence. For more information, follow us on Twitter and read the First-year Progress Report of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking.

For further information, please contact:

Ashma Patel

Constituency Director

Office of the Hon. Mitzie Hunter

MPP Scarborough-Guildwood

416 281 2787

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