Ontario has designated the third week of every November as Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week.
The week is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of bullying-related issues and make a difference in school communities across the province. Since 2004 the Ontario government has supported a number of safe schools initiatives to create safe and inclusive school environments including:
- Safe schools teams in every Ontario school
- A partnership with Kids Help Phone to support over 50,000 students who have been bullied or faced other issues
- The Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act, which requires all board employees to report incidents of bullying to the principal, and requires principals to contact the parents of victims. Ontario is the first province in Canada with legislation of this kind; making schools even safer and leading the way for its students to succeed.
A safe and positive learning environment is an important part of the province’s Open Ontario Plan and is essential for student success. All students have the right to feel safe and welcome in their school community.