We were honoured to host two recent Ontario government announcements that will support our youth. The Province announced plans to prevent youth 16 to 17, struggling in difficult family situations, from becoming homeless by raising the age of protection. They also pledged to better serve young victims of sex trafficking through a number of initiatives.
The proposal to raise the age of protection from 16 to 18, included in the plans to change provincial child and youth services, is critical. Once approved, youth in this age group not involved with Children’s Aid, will be eligible for much needed help.
The province’s coordinated and focused approach to address sex trafficking is a step in the right direction. Ontario will invest up to $72 million in an anti-human trafficking strategy aimed at increasing awareness and coordination, enhancing justice-sector initiatives and improving survivors’ access to services.
We strongly advocated for both raising the age of protection and additional anti-sex-trafficking investment through petitions, letters and statements. We are thrilled that the government has heard many of our recommendations.
We will continue to advocate for our youth on the issues that impact them at all levels of government.