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Ontario Continues to Keep Students Safer to Provide better Learning

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Ontario Continues to Keep Students Safer to Provide better Learning

Proposed Legislation Supports All Our Students

Ministry of Education

Ontario's Government for the People has proposed legislative amendments that, if passed, would help keep our children and students safer and ensure that they are better supported in their learning.

The government has proposed legislative amendments that would, if passed:

  • Mandate new teachers to successfully complete a math content knowledge test before seeking their teaching registration.  
  • Require the Discipline Committees of the Ontario College of Teachers and College of Early Childhood Educators to revoke an educator's certificate of registration for any act of sexual abuse of a student or child. 
  • Provide regulation making authority for the Lieutenant Governor in Council to prescribe behaviours of a sexual nature that are prohibited under the Criminal Code (Canada) would result in the mandatory revocation of an educator's certificate of registration.

"These changes will provide assurance to parents that the government is committed to ensuring Ontario continues to have one of the best education systems in the world," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Education. "This legislation will help to make sure students are prepared for the realities of tomorrow and the changing global economy."

The Province also intends to proclaim existing provisions of legislation into effect that will ensure students and children who have been subjected to alleged sexual abuse by a member of the Ontario College of Teachers or College of Early Childhood Educators have access to funding for the counselling and therapy supports they need.

"By making these changes, we are sending out a clear message: the government has zero tolerance for sexual abuse of Ontario students and children. We are taking action now to make sure our schools and early years and child care settings are safe learning environments," added Thompson.

The largest education consultation in Ontario's history is now open. Parents, students and educators can have their say on a number of topics including improving performance in  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), better preparing students with needed job and life skills, making changes to mathematics and health and physical education curriculums, and technology use in the classroom.

Parents can also weigh in on what elements are important to include in a Ministry of Education Parents' Bill of Rights.

For more detail and information, visit fortheparents.ca.

Quotes

“Today, the government has made a clear statement that there is no tolerance for professionals who sexually abuse children. This principle has always been fundamental to the way the College of Early Childhood Educators regulates the ECE profession. We are pleased that this government shares our commitment to the safety and well-being of children and has taken action. We look forward to continuing to work together in this area of shared responsibility.”

Beth Deazeley

Registrar and CEO, College of Early Childhood Educators

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