The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization that was formed in 1964. SIECCAN works with educators, health professionals, community organizations, governments, and other partners to promote the sexual and reproductive health of Canadians. A core objective of SIECCAN is to increase the capacity of educators and institutions that deliver education and healthcare to Canadians to provide comprehensive sexual health education.
Sexual health education/promotion policy development
Sexual health education/promotion content and resource development for professional, student, and public audiences
Research design, implementation, and results dissemination
Literature/research review and analysis/synthesis reports
SIECCAN developed Core Principles of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (page 22 of the Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education) that reflect our organizational values and inform our work. The Core Principles state that comprehensive sexual health education:
Is accessible to all people inclusive of age, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, STI status, geographic location, socio-economic status, cultural or religious background, ability, or housing status.
Promotes human rights including autonomous decision-making and respect for the rights of others.
Promotes gender equality and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.
Current key priorities for SIECCAN include the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive sexual health education focused on:
- Marginalized youth including those with disabilities, diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, and ethno-cultural minority youth;
- The prevention of sexual and gender-based violence;
- Media literacy and technology;
- Prevention of sexually transmitted infections
Currently, the development of high-quality, easily accessible sexual health education materials to assist parents/caregivers and teachers in providing high quality sexual health education is a priority for SIECCAN.
SIECCAN develops and disseminates comprehensive sexual health education resources for educators, health professionals, and the public; conducts research on sexual health; and publishes the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (CJHS).
Our partnerships and collaborations
We are committed to building on existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships and collaborations based on shared objectives.
Who we are
We are an interdisciplinary team of sexual health educators, researchers, and resource developers specializing in policy consultation and the development of evidence-based sexual health education materials.Learn more about our team