Measures to Address Prostitution Initiative

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Overview

Prostitution is a form of sexual exploitation that disproportionately and negatively impacts women and children and other marginalized groups. It is an extremely dangerous activity that poses a risk of violence and psychological harm to those subjected to it, regardless of the venue in which it takes place. The emotional and physical health consequences for those involved in prostitution are significant and, in turn, make leaving prostitution difficult.

Recognizing the significant harms that flow from prostitution, the Government of Canada announced new funding for social programming measures over the next five years to complement the recently passed criminal law reforms.

Funding Priorities

Funding is available under three targeted funding priorities.  A brief description of the three funding priorities and relevant links are provided below:

  1. Department of Justice Canada – Social Programming Funding for Non-Governmental and Governmental Organizations.

    To support eligible non-governmental and governmental organizations to provide or enhance services that assist sellers of sexual services in leaving prostitution.  Organizations must have experience working with those exploited by prostitution or victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

  2. Department of Justice Canada – Social Programming Funding for Law Enforcement Agencies.

    To support Canadian law enforcement agencies to provide new or enhanced support or outreach activities to assist sellers of sexual services wishing to leave prostitution including victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

  3. Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada – Crime Prevention Action Fund.

    To support eligible non-governmental and government organizations to develop tailored and comprehensive services to help individuals exit prostitution. Among the projects that are approved for funding, selected projects will undergo an impact evaluation, which will contribute to the Canadian knowledge-base of what is effective in facilitating an exit from prostitution.

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