New sex-ed curriculum to be released Wednesday: sources

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Aug 21st, 2019

The Ontario government will be releasing their new sexual education curriculum Wednesday morning at 6 a.m., multiple sources confirm to CityNews.

The new curriculum will reportedly deal with bullying, health, concussions, gender identity and same sex relationships.

Multiple sources also said it isn’t far off from the previous Liberal government’s sex ed curriculum that was scrapped by the Progressive Conservative government shortly after they came into power. One notable change expected is that gender identity would be taught a couple of grades later.

The Wynne government’s sex-ed curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when it was introduced in 2015.

It was the first time the curriculum had been updated since 1998, and it included warnings about online bullying and sexting that were not in the previous version.

But protesters had zeroed in on discussions of same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.

The Ford government had previously said their curriculum would allow parents to opt out of having their kids exposed to certain topics in sex-ed class, and the Ministry of Education would issue online modules for those who want guidance on discussing those topics at home.

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