Essential Learning

The Ministère intends to have the schools provide 5 to 15 hours of sexuality education per year. To this end, learning content has been defined for all levels, from kindergarten to the end of secondary school. As a result, all of Québec’s students will benefit from essential learning that will enable them to:

  • have a better understanding of sexuality
  • know themselves better
  • reflect on issues such as messages about sexuality disseminated in the public space, gender stereotypes and the uses of social media
  • be less vulnerable to problems such as:
    • sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)
    • homophobia
    • sexual aggression
    • unplanned pregnancies
  • develop attitudes and skills that will be useful to them now and in the future (respect for diversity, self-knowledge and self-affirmation, conflict resolution skills)

Implementation schedule

From 2015 to 2017, some 15 volunteer schools will implement the programs defined by the Ministère. The pilot projects will make it possible to adjust the learning content and staff training if necessary. Once these improvements are made, sexuality education could become compulsory in all schools.  

The 2015-2016 school year

The pilot schools will teach sexuality education in:

  • Elementary 1, 3, and 5
  • Secondary I, III and V

All the other schools will continue to provide sexuality education using the existing means.

The 2016-2017 school year

The pilot schools will continue teaching sexuality education in Elementary 1, 3 and 5 and in Secondary I, III and V, and will also begin teaching it in:

  • kindergarten (5-year-olds) and Elementary 2, 4 and 6
  • Secondary II and IV

All other schools will continue to offer sexuality education using the existing means. 

The 2017-2018 school year

Sexuality education could be extended to all schools starting in the 2017-2018 school year.