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Ontario Strengthening Protections Against Bullying and Violence at School

Minister Lecce announced that the government is investing more than $550,000 in initiatives that will help keep kids safe in class and online. The funding will support programs that combat sex-trafficking, violence against women, bullying and cyberbullying. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 23 per cent of Ontario students reported being bullied at school and 22 per cent of Ontario students reported being bullied over the internet.  The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2019) highlighted that, “While Indigenous women represented only four per cent of the Canadian population in 2016, they comprised nearly 50 per cent of victims of human trafficking. Of those, nearly one-quarter were under the age of 18.” These statistics are disturbing.

Under the leadership of Premier Ford, the government is acting to protect students through partnerships with community organizations. The new initiatives supported by the Ontario government investments include:

The investments announced today are a critical part of the plan to ensure every student in Ontario is well supported within and beyond the classroom.

News Release:

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001824/ontario-strengthening-protections-against-bullying-and-violence-at-school

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1001824/lontario-renforce-les-protections-contre-lintimidation-et-la-violence-a-lecole