In a move to aid housing and support for survivors of human trafficking, over the next four years, Hope Restored Canada (HRC) will receive $1.2 million from the Saskatchewan government in collaboration with the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.
The Saskatoon group sees the funding as securing more housing, counselling, treatment, and life skills programs. Since 2019, it has been the only safe house in Saskatchewan with specialized services for over 55 women and youth escaping sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Laura Ross said, “Through the National Action Plan, Saskatchewan will invest $20.3 million over the next four years on initiatives that help prevent violence and support survivors. This is one of the first programs to receive funding under the plan.
The funding is being provided in partnership with the federal government under the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.
“Organizations, such as Hope Restored Canada, are crucial in providing lifesaving support to victims and survivors of human trafficking,” said Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth.
The National Action Plan lays out a ten-year framework to support victims and their families affected by gender-based violence across Canada. Saskatchewan is using the funds received under the agreement to expand existing programs.