Sexual Health Education in Canada

Recommended Websites

Aboriginal Health Initiative (administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada):

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights:

Advocates for Youth (information for parents and teens):

Arctic foxy (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth):

Canadian Council on Learning, Best-practice: Sexuality education for children and youth with physical disabilities—Developing a curriculum based on lived experiences: http://en.copian .ca/library/research/ccl/best_practice/best_practice.pdf

Centre for Sexuality (Calgary-based community sexual health organization):

Egale (Canadian lgbt human rights organization):

Finding our way: A sexual and reproductive health sourcebook for Aboriginal communities:

Center for Parent Information and Resources - Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities (created under the Office of Special Education of the U.S. Department of Education):

Media Smarts (includes tutorials and lesson plans for a range of issues related to media consumption in youth, including sexting, pornography, and sexual exploitation): www.

Native Youth Sexual Health Network:

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (provides teaching tools and lesson plans based on Ontario curricula):

Public Health Agency of Canada:

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (sieccan):

Sexpressions (sexual health education and consulting services):

SEX & U (Resource Library):

Sexual Wellness Center (by Pornhub): (Alberta-based sexual health education resource):

Teen Health Source (funded by Planned Parenthood Toronto):

Recommended Reading

Bruess, C., & Greenberg, J. (2008). Sexuality education: Theory and practice. Mississauga, ON: Jones & Bartlett.

Irvine, J.M. (2004). Talk about sex: The battles over sex education in the United States.

Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Jensen, R.E. (2010). Dirty words: The rhetoric of public sex education, 1870–1924. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press.

PHAC. (20082019). Canadian guidelines for sexual health education. Ottawa, ON: PHAC.

Available at ldnemss.

Roman, L.G., & Erye, L. (1997). Dangerous territories: Struggles for differences and equality in education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Recommended Viewing (Directors). (2006). Sex education: Pesky puberty [DVD]. United States: Tapeworm.

Lipschutz, M., & Rosenblatt, R. (Directors). (2005). The education of Shelby Knox: Sex, lies, and education. United States: Incite Pictures.

Last week tonight with John Oliver—Sex education (HBO):

SExT—Sex education by theatre (trailer):

For additional recommendations, see the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health’s list of top-10 sexual health education films:

Provincial and Territorial Curricula Resources


Prince Edward Island:

Nova Scotia: The provincial government also provides a web page with specific resources related to sexual

health education:

New Brunswick: sector/curriculum_anglophone.html

The provincial government also provides a web page with specific resources related to SGD inclusive education:

Quebec: These documents address implementation of sexual health education:

Ontario: and




British Columbia:


Northwest Territories:


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