Gender Diversity Guidelines
The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, in cooperation with the Public Schools Branch, the Commission scolaire de langue française, and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat have developed the draft Guidelines for Respecting, Accommodating and Supporting Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation in our Schools.
The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning believes that schools should be a place where all children feel safe and cared for. This feeling of safety is necessary for students’ growth academically, socially and developmentally. The Department, the Public Schools Branch and the French Language School Board promote a positive school climate, supports a safe and caring learning and working environment, and deals with harmful behaviours which may impact the learning environment.
To create this environment, an understanding of issues related to diverse gender identities, gender expression and sexual orientation is vital. This understanding will ultimately ensure that staff and students with diverse gender identities, expressions and sexual orientations are afforded equal access and opportunities as their cisgender and heterosexual peers and colleagues in all aspects of student life.
In preparation for the introduction of this guideline for the 2021-2022 school year, the Department is seeking your feedback on the content of the document.
Submissions are now closed. All written comments on the proposed document were due by July 2, 2021.
If you wish to speak to an individual about the content of the guide, please contact (902)368-5805.