Government of Canada strengthens access to sexual and reproductive health services for young people

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CALGARY, AB, August 24, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada strongly believes that all people should have access to safe and consistent sexual and reproductive health services. To do this, we are committed to removing the barriers to access that continue to exist from coast to coast.

The government of Canada recognizes the importance of improving accessibility and promoting the inclusion of all in Canada, including young people. Today, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced more than $2.8 million in financing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund for projects of the Center for Sexuality and the Council for Information and Sexual Education of Canada (SIECCAN). These projects will improve access to sexual and reproductive health services and resources for people in Canada those who face the greatest barriers to access, more specifically youth, people with disabilities and indigenous peoples.

The Sexuality Center will receive $2,033,062 to adapt its existing in-person program, the Relationship and Sexual Health Education program, to include an online component, as well as content related to the particular needs of LGBTQ2 youth, First Nations communities, and people with developmental disabilities . This project will also support the development of training resources for health care providers to help them better meet the needs of these specific populations.

SIECCAN will receive $805,916 to provide health care providers with materials and tools to enhance sexual health promotion for autistic youth and youth with disabilities. This project will develop tools to improve care and services tailored to these populations.

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These investments reflect our belief that reproductive rights are fundamental rights and, as such, our Government will always protect these rights for all people in Canada.

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“Everyone should have access to quality health services, where and when they need them. That’s why our government is committed to removing the barriers and stigma that many people across the country continue to face when accessing sexual and reproductive health services. Together with organizations like the Center for Sexuality and SIECCAN we are improving access to these essential services for youth, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples and LGBTQ2 communities.”

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
Health Minister

“The Center for Sexuality has been serving the community for 50 years. We know the positive impact of comprehensive sexual health education and the importance of creating programs that meet the needs of diverse communities. We also know that it is essential to ensure that professionals build their capacity to support people with barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services We are grateful for this funding, which will allow the Center for Sexuality to expand the Sexual Health and Relationship Education program and reach Canadians who have previously been unable to access our services.

pam krause
President and CEO, Center for Sexuality

“The sexual health needs of young people with autism and disabilities have long been overlooked and neglected, in large part due to prevailing stigma and misconceptions. Health care providers and other supporters require resources to better understand the sexual health needs of autistic and disabled youth so that we can effectively support them We are grateful to Health Canada for recognizing this as an area of ​​need and for giving us the opportunity to work with people with a wide range of knowledge and lived experiences to enhance sexual health promotion for autistic and disabled youth.”

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Yi Wen Shao
Project Coordinator, Information Council and Sexual Education of Canada (SIECCAN)

Fast facts

  • Committed 2021 budget $45 million for three years, beginning in 2021-22, to improve access to sexual and reproductive health support, information and services for people in Canada who face the greatest barriers to access.

  • This $45 million commitment, $24.9 million has been assigned to date. Nine projects, valued at $15.2 million, they are running. Of these nine projects, two address abortion access, five address LGBTQ2 communities, and two address youth. Two include components focused on Indigenous Peoples. In addition, the per capita funding of $9.7 million will be provided to the Province of Québec to support community organizations located in Québec.

  • The Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund was created to support a wide range of innovative, evidence-based projects for populations who are at higher risk of worse sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including members of the LGBTQ2 communities, indigenous people and racialized, women and youth.

  • Committed 2022 budget $79 million for six years to help support people in Canada who wish to become parents by allowing certain surrogacy-related medical expenses or sperm, egg or embryo donor fees to be eligible under the Medical Expenses Tax Credit for 2022 and subsequent tax years.

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Background: Improving access to services for youth under the Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund

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