Key activities under the National Action Plan include:
-- the creation of Canada's first integrated law enforcement team dedicated to combating human trafficking;-- increasing front-line training to identify and respond to human trafficking and enhance prevention in vulnerable communities;-- providing more support for victims of this crime, both Canadians and newcomers; and-- strengthening coordination with domestic and international partners who contribute to Canada's efforts to combat human trafficking.
The Action Plan includes activities to better support organizations providing assistance to victims and helps to protect foreign nationals, including young female immigrants who arrive in Canada alone, from being subjected to illegitimate or unsafe work. New measures, totalling $25 million over four years, build on and strengthen Canada's significant work to date to prevent, detect and prosecute human trafficking, such as targeted training for law enforcement officials and front-line service providers and enhanced public awareness measures.
Elder Abuse Initiative
In 2008, the Government of Canada launched the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative (FEAI), a successful $13-million, multi-departmental, three-year initiative to help seniors and others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and provide information on available supports. This initiative successfully concluded on March 31, 2011. Building on the momentum created through the FEAI, the Government remains active in addressing elder abuse through its elder abuse awareness campaigns and the New Horizons for Seniors Program.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is designed to help ensure that seniors benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through social participation and active living. The program was expanded in 2007 to include elder abuse awareness activities. The elder abuse awareness objective of the program helps organizations develop national or regional education and awareness activities to reduce the incidence of abuse of seniors. Additional funds were announced in Budget 2010 for projects that focus on raising awareness of the financial abuse of seniors. In 2011, the Government increased its investments in the program by $5 million per year for two years, bringing the program's annual budget to $45 million. A portion of this funding will continue to support projects that expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse.
Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children
As of January 1, 2013, the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children grant is an income support grant available to applicants who have suffered a loss of income from taking time away from work to cope with the death or disappearance of their child or children, as a result of a probable Criminal Code offence.
Safety Planning Brochure / Staying Informed Booklet
The Government of Canada is continuing to support victims with the launch a new Safety Planning brochure, which provides information and tools that could help with any concerns or questions that victims of crime may have when an offender is released. Also, the Staying Informed booklet has been revised to provide victims with the most accurate and up-to-date information on what they are entitled to know, how to obtain that information, and the role they can play in the decision-making process. Both are available through the National Office of Victims or online: www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
Department of Justice Canada
Julie Di Mambro
Office of the Minister of Justice
Media Relations Office
Department of Justice