“Building Action + Awareness Against Human Trafficking in Toronto”


The City of Toronto has developed a “working definition” of human trafficking that includes all forms of forced labour, including sexual exploitation:

“An act by a person, or group of people that involves recruiting, transporting or receiving persons, harbouring, luring, exercising control over a person by means of threat, use of force or other forms of coercion or influence for the purpose of exploitation, including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude, and/or forced marriages.”

(Language adapted by Canada’s Criminal Code, UNESCO, and Canada’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.)

Five Types of Human Trafficking

Sexual exploitation

Labour exploitation

Domestic servitude

Forced illegal activities

Forced marriage


Over 90 per cent of trafficked cases involved domestic human trafficking, and less than 10 per cent involved people being brought into Canada from abroad.

(Data source: Status of Women Canada)

Toronto statistics:

  • 1,972 Charges laid
  • 954 Occurrences
  • 281 Arrests
  • 220 Victims
  • 47 Convictions

(Data source: Toronto Police Service – 2013 to present)


In spring 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) launched a new Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund to support community-based solutions in helping human trafficking survivors and increasing protection for people at risk of being trafficked. On behalf of the City, SDFA led the process to complete an application for the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund. Three City services contributed to the process: Affordable Housing Office; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; and, Toronto Police Service. In September, the City was approved to receive a portion of the Fund to support a residential treatment/rehabilitation program for survivors of human trafficking.


Toronto City Council condemned the horrific crime of human trafficking and is committed to working with all stakeholders, including other orders of government, to eradicate human trafficking in the city of Toronto. Council Decisions related to this social issue are listed below:

For Information and Support

Provincial Hotline

For information and support, call Ontario’s confidential Human Trafficking Helpline:
1-833-999-9211, TTY 1-888-340-1001


211 Helpline

211 is a telephone helpline (call 2-1-1) and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. They can help you understand what services and government benefits exist and explain how to apply.  211 is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year across Ontario. They list over 60,000 community and government programs and services. Provides an interpreter in over 150 languages. When 211 answers the phone, ask for the language you want and hold the line. 211ontario.ca/


911 for Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance)


311 Toronto

Dial 3-1-1 which provides easy access to non-emergency information about City services and programs, 24 hours a day, seven days a week in over 180 languages.