Making campuses safe

Everyone has the right to live, learn and work in a safe and inclusive environment. We all share in the responsibility of creating that safe and inclusive environment by making sure that respect and consent inform relationships on campus. It all begins with conversations about how to practice respect and consent in our daily lives with our friends, peers, colleagues, team members, and service providers.

It’s up to us to respect other people and their boundaries and to practice consent in all of our interactions. For example, not everyone experiences a hug as a friendly welcome or goodbye. In order to build a culture of consent, it’s important to ask whether we can touch one another first.

Outreach Campaign Feedback

During December 2017 – February 2018 the Ministry sought public feedback on public post-secondary institutions sexual violence policies.  Over 360 responses were received.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment.  Feedback received through this process has informed actions being taken to prevent and respond to sexual violence, and make campuses safe for everyone. 

Moving Forward Together - Building Capacity

During June 4 and 5, 2019, post-secondary institutions, students and community representatives, along with government staff, came together for a forum entitled Moving Forward Together: Building Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence on Campus.  The forum was an opportunity to share and gather information in support of work being done at post-secondary institutions to prevent sexual violence and create safer campuses. 
For more information on the forum and the funding announced by Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, please see the news release.  Videos and notes from this forum can be accessed here.

Information Campaigns

On August 29, 2019, the Ministry launched an information campaign to raise awareness and to help prevent sexualized violence.  The campaign coincides with the beginning of the academic year, a time when instances of sexual assaults on campus are highest.  This campaign was renewed on January 5, 2020. View the past campaign materials and read the August 2019 and January 2020 campaign-related news releases.
For information on the 2018/19 campaign, please read the statement issued by Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training on the launch of the campaign, and view the 2018/19 campaign materials.   
A new information campaign for Fall 2021 has been launched to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence on campus. You can view the new campaign materials here.

Moving Forward Together - Honouring Consent

From June 15 to 17, 2021, post-secondary institutions, students and community representatives, along with government staff, came together for a second, virtual forum entitled Moving Forward Together: Honouring Consent.  The forum was an opportunity to share and reflect on the journey since 2019 and the additional work that is needed to continue moving forward to eliminate sexual violence at post-secondary institutions.

The forum also marked the launch of the newly developed, open access, sexual violence training and facilitation guides. These resources cover the topics: consent and sexual violence; supporting survivors; accountability and repairing relationships; and active bystander intervention. These new training resources, and other resources for preventing and responding to sexual violence, can be accessed here.