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Ontario Takes Action to Protect Students and Children

The government knows that children learn best in-class, in front of their educators, supported by the investments we have made in mental health, anti-bullying, and learning recovery. To support the safety of students, the government continues to have a zero tolerance approach towards staff that compromise the safety and security of our schools.

By publicly disclosing and making parents aware of educators that have been involved in sexual abuse and other serious criminal proceedings, Ontario becomes the first Canadian jurisdiction to do so.

These amendments will help the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) prevent members who are unfit to practice from continuing to work directly with students and children. The government is also investing $2.4 million in necessary training and resources to ensure school boards and school staff have the tools to recognize, identify, respond and prevent the sex trafficking of children and youth.

This announcement builds on previous action taken by the government to ban staff with a history of abuse against children while making more transparent the disciplinary process of the OCT. The government will continue to invest in victim-focused counselling to support the most vulnerable.

Under Premier Ford, we take a zero tolerance against those who harm children. The government will not stop in pursuit of making Ontario schools safe and well-supported places for all students to learn and excel.

Learn More: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001561/ontario-takes-action-to-protect-students-and-children