Passage of the Combatting Human Trafficking ActPublished on June 01, 2021
Today, Solicitor General Jones announced the Ontario legislature has passed the Combatting Human Trafficking Act, 2021 (Bill 251). This landmark legislation reinforces Ontario’s commitment to fight human trafficking and demonstrates continued leadership in responding to this pervasive crime.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide. And the majority of police-reported incidents of human trafficking in Canada happen right here in Ontario. It is important that Ontario is equipped to fight this growing crime and support victims and survivors with every tool at our disposal.
The passing of the Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021, will help increase awareness, protect victims, ensure early intervention, support survivors and hold offenders accountable.
This legislation builds upon the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy and reinforces Ontario’s commitment to fight human trafficking and sends a strong message that this crime won’t be tolerated in Newmarket, in Aurora, or in any of our communities.
Everyone deserves freedom from exploitation, fear and violence. And Ontario's government won’t rest until traffickers are off our streets.