Organizers call it a first – a cross-border conference targeting human trafficking was held in Winnipeg Friday.

It included representatives from 52 Canadian law enforcement, victim care and advocacy sectors, as well as a human trafficking taskforce from North Dakota.

Women and girls are being trafficked for sex across the U.S.-Canada border.

"We know that the incidents of human trafficking in Manitoba and North Dakota are very high," said Barbara Gosse, CEO of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.

Gosse is one of the organizers of a cross-border meeting in Winnipeg on Friday that brought together 50 people form Manitoba and North Dakota to discuss ways to combat human trafficking.

"Anecdotally we know that law enforcement members and front-line service providers are connecting with victims every single day," said Gosse. "In Canada, we have no national data mechanism to track that data."

There is a national hotline to report human trafficking in the United States, and Gosse said her organization is working to establish one in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced funding of $3,411,450 over five years to enhance and support services to victims and survivors of crime in British Columbia.

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Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) in cooperation with OTEC has announced an advanced training and awareness program to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the hospitality industry. This program will deliver expert knowledge through two online learning modules, five case studies on successful industry practices, one manager’s toolkit and an overall awareness building campaign.

Ontario is launching a new pilot program in 22 communities across the province to increase affordable housing options for survivors of domestic violence and their families.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $20 million over two years in the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot, which will provide ongoing assistance to approximately 1,000 survivors of domestic violence per year.

Currently, survivors of domestic violence are given priority access to rent-geared-to-income social housing. Survivors enrolled in the new pilot program will have the option to receive a portable housing benefit, so that they can immediately find housing in their community instead of waiting for a social housing unit to become available.

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Ontario is taking concrete action to uphold and reinforce a zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse of patients by any regulated health professional. 

In fall 2016, Ontario intends to bring forward legislative amendments that would:

  • Add to the expanded list of acts that will result in the mandatory revocation of a regulated health professional's license
  • Remove the ability of a college to allow a regulated health professional to continue to practice on patients of one gender after an allegation or finding of sexual abuse
  • Increase fines for health professionals and organizations that fail to report a suspected case of patient sexual abuse to a college
  • Increase transparency by adding to what colleges must report on their public register and website
  • Clarify the time period after the end of a patient-provider relationship in which sexual relations are prohibited 
  • Fund patient therapy and counselling from the moment a complaint of sexual abuse is made.

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AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC) present a webinar entitled "Trauma Informed Practice Supporting Clients Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma"

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC), the Canadian Association of Social Workers, and the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers are pleased to bring you a series of four webinars, two in English and two in French. 

Students at post-secondary institutions across Canada have been at the forefront of organizing against gendered violence on their university and college campuses, as well as within their communities, for decades. The Consent Culture Forum will be an opportunity for those student activists to gather, share stories of success and struggle, and ultimately develop a provincial vision to combat sexual violence and rape culture on campus.

Space at the forum is limited, with preference given to encourage the participation of women identified people, with special consideration for participants from traditionally marginalized communities, such as racialized, indigenous, trans women and women with (dis)abilities. Please submit completed registration forms as soon as possible in order to help guarantee participants from your local.

The forum is coordinated by student organizers and funded as part of Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy.


Completed registration forms should be scanned and emailed to by no later than September 16. Participation in the Forum, including travel and accommodation, is fully subsidized. Subsidies are only available for delegates registered for the full duration of the Forum. 

Forms must be scanned and emailed to, or delivered to the Canadian Federation of Students Maritimes office no later than Friday, September 16 at 5:00pm. 

This handbook provides information on many legal issues faced by women who are abused by their partners. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman's rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

Reviewed for accuracy by experienced lawyers in the violence against women sector, this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.

Updated to reflect the changes to immigration laws and to give more information about how women can protect themselves, contents of the new edition include:

  • Preparing to leave: safety planning, where to go
  • The criminal process: possible charges, the arrest, bail hearings
  • The criminal trial: court procedure, sentencing
  • Protecting yourself: restraining orders, exclusive possession, peace bonds
  • Rights under family law: children's aid societies, custody, support
  • Next steps: finances, social assistance, working

The handbook also includes updated referral information for community and legal organizations that work with women experiencing abuse.

Disclaimer: Welcome to our Find Help listing of services that provide help for victims of crime.  This listing represents only a subset of the many services and supports available to Canadians across Canada and we hope it is helpful for users of the Victim Justice Network site.  For a more comprehensive listing of services helping victims through all stages of their needs, we do encourage you to avail yourselves of your local 211 phone or online services or, alternatively, of your regional community services listings most of which are included in this site under Information and Referral.  The services listed on this site are based on the most recent information available on those services' individual websites in mid-2015.  We will endeavour to review these annually for accuracy and any changes or discontinuation of service.

Décharge: Voici notre liste des services Find Help visant à aider les victimes de crime. Cette liste ne représente qu’une partie des nombreux services et soutiens mis à la disposition des Canadiens dans tout le pays. Nous espérons qu’elle sera utile aux utilisateurs du site de Victim Justice Network. Si vous souhaitez en obtenir une plus complète, à quelque niveau des besoins des victimes que ce soit, n’hésitez pas à appeler votre numéro local 211 ou à utiliser des services en ligne ou encore les listes de services communautaires régionaux, services qui, pour la plupart, sont indiqués sur ce site sous la rubrique Information and Referral. Ces services ont été relevés dans les toutes dernières informations disponibles à la mi-2015 sur les sites pertinents. Nous nous efforcerons de les revoir chaque année pour qu’ils restent à jour.