Bill 13: Accepting Schools Act

Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act purported to seek to eliminate all bullying from schools. Many groups however, found that the Bill singled out one type of bullying and ignored other types of bullying which occurred at a higher frequency. The Coalition for Parental Rights in Education (“CPRE”) prepared an opinion on the constitutionality of Bill 13 and presented it to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy. The CPRE was composed of Campaign Life Catholics, Parents as First Educators, Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity, the League of Canadian Reformed School Societies and the Association for Reformed Political Action.

In its opinion, the CPRE outline six key areas of Bill 13 which were vulnerable to a constitutional challenge and proposed amendments which would remedy the constitutional problems while maintaining the stated goal of the bill: to eliminate bullying in schools.

Click here to view the Coalition for Parental Rights in Education’s written opinion and submissions.

Click here to view Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012.