This report presents information on comprehensive
sexuality education—what it is, why it matters, and why it
is a human right all people are entitled to. In this report,
Action Canada presents findings of the state of sex-ed
across Canada and the impacts of sub-standard sex-ed.
This report demonstrates why Canada must, as signatory
to human rights treaties, exercise federal leadership on
sex-ed to uphold the human rights of all young people
across the country.
There is little information available that would give us a
global snapshot of the state of sex-ed in Canada. What
are students actually learning? How different is it from
province to province? What is in each of the curricula? Who
teaches sex-ed? How often is it being taught? What kind of
support are teachers and educators getting? How is Canada
doing in relation to national and international standards?
This lack of information makes it difficult to have a clear
sense of the sex-ed young people receive in classrooms
across the country and to evaluate the outcomes. It also
means that we don’t have the information we need to
make sure everyone gets the sex-ed they are entitled to
and to demand better from our governments when it
To start a deeper national conversation, Action Canada
scanned and analyzed all provincial and territorial
sex-ed curricula. Action Canada, with support from
local partner organizations, also hosted consultations to
speak to young people about their sex-ed in Saskatoon,
Fredericton and surrounding area, Ottawa, and Toronto.
Additional round-tables have been planned for other
parts of the country to keep up with changing contexts
and to better understand what is truly taking place in
Canadian classrooms. This report presents an overview of
the evidence that supports the delivery of comprehensive
sex-ed and a compilation of anecdotal analyses from
young people in communities across the country speaking
to their experiences receiving sex-ed.
It also begins to answer the question of why our national
campaign #SexEdSavesLives is needed at this moment
Note: context can change quickly but the intention of this
report is to provide sex-ed advocates with conversation
starters, information, and tools to demand better sex-ed for
everyone in Canada.