Human trafficking sounds like a far away problem that couldn’t happen in Canada. Yet it is occurring in our own backyard at alarming rates, affecting thousands of Canadians each year. Whether it be for the purposes of sex, labour, or even organs and tissues, human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery, and its existence threatens the human rights and liberty of all. Read more about it here.
Did you know?
Some of the very first work of The Salvation Army in 1880 was to support trafficked persons through schools, missions, and even safe factories to work in. This is not a fad for us, it’s in our DNA and we carry forward this legacy today. We are committed to changing the script of this story, throughout the world, and in Canada, and we invite you to join us.
Our Mission & Vision
We boldly disrupt the cycles of human trafficking by illuminating public awareness through education, providing relentless intervention strategies, creating safe spaces for Survivors to heal, and establishing networks that build back extraordinary lives for those affected in Canada.
We defend and uphold the freedom and intrinsic value of all human beings to end human trafficking and transform our world.
Timeline of Transformation
The Salvation Army opened missions, schools, and factories to support trafficked and exploited persons to heal, recover, and access equitable employment.
2005We conducted a national needs assessment to determine the scope of trafficking in Canada and where we could be of most assistance.
We opened our first program- the only high security safe house in Canada for Survivors, our Deborah’s Gate Live In Program. We developed world class curriculum now taught in police colleges, universities, schools, and for service providers.
We started an outreach service to support Survivors outside of program walls, and an education program to train service providers throughout Canada on the issue. We also started a Survivor council to inform & be an active part of our program development.
2014We launched life and living skills programs, fine arts, pet therapy, employment training, and other specialized programming to support healing & recovery.
2017We developed and launched the very first Mental Health & Addictions Program for Survivors of human trafficking, which is now considered a North American best practice.
We launched online programming, expanding our reach to Survivors across Canada in remote & hard to reach places.
We hosted the first ever Survivor Summit, called Voices Raised, led by Survivors for Survivors to encourage leadership, development, and personal growth.
We championed the United Nations Finance Against Modern Day Slavery Initiative for Canada, and the Slack For Good Employment Equity Initiative.
We supported 1,200 Survivors annually coast to coast in Canada both in our live in, online, and outreach based programs, and have over 800 partnerships with agencies and organizations. We annually train over 3,000 service providers.
We launched the very first Survivor Development Centre, called Propel, available for Survivors across Canada digitally and in person.