Government

Government In Action

Canada has come a long way in the fight against human trafficking, but we still have a long way to go, much more needs to be done. [free-them] is committed to working with all levels of Government to support, help, and create new legislative changes.  
[free-them] Proposal To Toronto Mayor's Office  

CANADIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Government Has Responded – Bill C-36

To criminalize the buying of sexual services and those who profit off it. Click here to read

NATIONAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

On December 9, 2013, Minister Blaney announces a special RCMP Enforcement Team to Combat Human Trafficking.  Click here to read the new release here.  CTVNews also reports, Click here to read Minister Blaney states, “With the creation of this new team, we can expect to see more arrests of traffickers.”
2012-2013 Human Trafficking Annual Report on Progress

2012-2013 Human Trafficking Annual Report on Progress Minister Blaney also announced the release of the Annual Report on Progress of the National Action Plan. You can access this report by clicking here.

MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT - TORONTO

THE TIMELINE 2011 NOV | [free-them] calls the Toronto Mayor’s Office to request a meeting to discuss Human Trafficking in the City of Toronto 2011 DEC | Meeting is granted by The Mayor’s Office and set for January 2012 2012 JAN | January 10, 2012 Meeting with the Mayor’s office takes place with Earl Provost – Office of the Mayor Director Of Stakeholder & Council Relations [free-them] Proposal To Toronto Mayor's Office2012 JAN | Mayor’s Office sends our proposal to Toronto Deputy Manager Brenda Patterson and Executive Director of Administration, Finance and Social Development Chris Brillinger 2012 FEB | February 1, 2012 Meeting with [free-them] is requested by Toronto Deputy Manager Brenda Patterson and Executive Director of Administration, Finance and Social Development Chris Brillinger. 2012 FEB | Meeting is held and Executive Director of Administration, Finance and Social Development Chris Brillinger advises [free-them] to give a Deputation before Toronto Council in April. 2012 APR | April 16, 2012 [free-them] gave Deputations before City Council on human trafficking, urging the City Council to consider the proposal we presented to the Mayor’s Office.  The same day Councillor Paula Fletcher, seconded by Councillor Mark Grimes gave a referral Member Motion by City Council. 2012 MAY | In May 2012, Councillor Fletcher put forward a motion to the Executive Committee requesting City Staff look at the problem of Human Trafficking in Toronto and report back on possible actions the City could take to combat it. 2012 MAY 14 | Motion MM22.9 Member Motion from Councillor Paula Fletcher2012 AUG | August 16, 2012 Meeting with Executive Director of Administration, Finance and Social Development Chris Brillinger to discuss 2012.EX20.17 – Preventing and Addressing Human Trafficking – Motion MM22.9 referred by City Council on April 10 and 11, 2012 2012 NOV | City of Toronto met with several NGOs to form the first ever human trafficking report to present to Executive Committee Toronto on recommendations on how to combat human trafficking in Toronto 2013 FEB | February 5, 2013 [free-them] and other Stakeholders made Deputation before Toronto’s Executive Committee in support of the human trafficking report being presented to Committee. 2014 15 MAY | First ever human trafficking safe house – Affordable Housing Committee voted unanimously to invest 850,000 for a safe house for trafficked victims READ: The Deputations given by [free-them]. Deputation 1 Deputation 2 Deputation 3 Deputation 4 Deputation 5 2013 FEB | February 20, 2013 City Council adopted the report with amendments presented to Executive Committee.  Read more here. Watch the coverage from CityNews. Update for the Executive meeting for first ever human trafficking safe house