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Governments of Canada and Ontario Providing Housing Support for Human Trafficking Survivors in Waterloo Region


February 2, 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 Waterloo Region, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region will receive $171,160 towards their project, Waterloo Region's Multidisciplinary Response to Combat Human Trafficking, which will deliver rent assistance for human trafficking survivors.


This will complement the services and supports that the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region is providing to survivors of human trafficking with $370,445, through Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund.       





“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


“We have heard from our partners on the front lines of this issue that human trafficking can happen in any community, and that many survivors struggle to move forward.  Helping survivors in Waterloo Region access housing can help them break away and start a new life.”

— Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre       


“Through this investment, our Government is providing assistance to those who need it most here in Waterloo Region and in all corners of the country.  This investment will provide more than just safe and affordable places to live, it will provide a better life for the residents who will call them home.”

— Raj Saini, MP Kitchener Centre


“We’re excited to be part of the roll-out of anti-human trafficking services across the province. Our new program aims to provide wrap-around support to survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Being able to offer portable housing benefits is a big part of that support. It’s essential to have a safe, affordable place to live to begin to heal and rebuild your life. When combined with the other direct supports available in our program, and the critical services offered by our partner organizations, survivors will now be met with a much more holistic response when they reach out.” 

— Sara Casselman, Executive Director, Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region 





  • On September 28, 2017, Ontario announced $18.6 million in program funding for 45 projects that 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.
  • 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:

o   More than $67 million to support the construction, repair and adaptation of affordable housing for seniors;

o   Close to $28 million to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence;

o   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




  • 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.

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