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Canadian Nurses Association concerned over Ontario plan to re-use 20-year-old sex-ed curriculum

Ottawa, August 16, 2018 – In the wake of the Ontario government’s decision to roll back the 2015 evidence-based human development and sexual health curriculum, Mike Villeneuve, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and Kate Zimmerman, CNA’s Ontario board member, issued the following joint statement:

“CNA stands with nearly 1,800 health-care professionals across Ontario, who recently signed a petition calling on the government to end its plan to revert to the province’s 1998 health and physical education program. Together, we urge Ontario’s education minister to not repeal the 2015 curriculum. 

“Ontario’s plan to re-use a decades-old program, which has many gaps and neglects to mention several key groups, puts the province’s youth in harm’s way. The existing curriculum provides the education needed to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections among 15- to 24-year-olds. Going back to the 1998 program could threaten this reduction.

“Before public consultations begin this fall, we hope many more Ontarians will tell the education minister they need an up-to-date sex-ed curriculum that contains accurate information supported by research. We can not afford the risks of using an old and inadequate program that brings with it a serious threat to the health and emotional well-being of young Ontarians.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

Karine Charlebois
Media and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159, ext. 543
Cell: 613-266-8230
Email: kcharlebois@cna-aiic.ca