Talk to someone
If there is immediate danger or if you suspect someone is being trafficked, call 911 or your local police service.
Recognize human trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide and is a serious criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada.
There are many signs that could indicate someone might be a victim.
Traffickers identify and target a person’s vulnerabilities to gain trust and form a bond.
Sex trafficking, labour trafficking and forced marriage are types of human trafficking.
Anyone can be at risk of being trafficked, and there are factors that make someone more vulnerable.
Sex traffickers develop a bond so they can manipulate and control a person. This bond is developed in stages, over time.
Traffickers often target people who are vulnerable and marginalized, including children. Historical colonialism and systemic racism put some communities at increased risk of being targeted.
Help for survivors
Being trafficked can cause severe trauma and survivors often need intensive, specialized programs and services to help them heal, rebuild their lives and regain independence.
Access community-based services including crisis intervention, trauma therapy, counselling and skills training.
Find supports designed by and for Indigenous people, including counselling, cultural programming, addictions treatment and leadership development services.
Contact your local municipal service manager to apply for priority access to social housing or a monthly rent subsidy.
Some service providers offer specialized support for children and youth who have been sex trafficked or are at risk.
If you’re a survivor of human trafficking or at risk of being trafficked, you can get free legal support.
Apply for a court order to limit what a current, past or potential trafficker can do, where they can go and/or who they can contact.
Find emergency, transitional, and long-term services in communities across Canada.
Call toll-free: 1-833-900-1010. It’s a dedicated line that’s confidential and open 24/7.
Prevention and education
We support prevention initiatives and activities to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy
Ontario is taking action to combat human trafficking.
Our current strategy
Ontario’s strategy focuses on raising awareness, protecting victims, intervening early, supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable.
Anti-human trafficking legislation
Under the law, the province must maintain an anti-human trafficking strategy. The strategy is subject to review every five years.
Read the Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021.