Cash for support and services is coming from the province for women and children who’ve experienced violence and human trafficking.

The Ford Government is investing up to $6.5 million which is aimed at assisting children and women who have survived being trafficked, as well as those who’ve suffered from violence. Children and youth will be able to get the much-needed support they need to heal from the harmful effects of experiencing and witnessing violence.

In a release, Associate Minister of Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity Charmaine Williams says “Our government is breaking down barriers so women who have experienced violence can receive the help they need no matter where they are in the province. This investment will ensure women and children have access to timely and effective care, whether they live in a rural community or are concerned about the care their children will receive once they arrive at a shelter.”

With the $6.5 million investment, $3.6M will go to frontline agencies in rural and remote communities to strengthen culturally responsive support for Indigenous women and reduce barriers for survivors of violence and human trafficking. The funding can help provide transportation to and from counselling and legal appointments for those using the services.

There will also be increases of up to $2.9M in stable & ongoing prevention and early intervention support for children and youth entering a shelter who have been exposed to violence. These supports are delivered by frontline service providers, such as child and youth workers, early childhood educators, and culturally specific service providers.