Toronto District School Board

Gender-Based Violence Prevention

We are committed to creating learning environments where people of all gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations feel empowered and supported. 

Our Gender-Based Violence Office (GBVP) was established in 2009 and is the first of its kind in Canada. Our GBVP office works to promote healthy relationships and safe environments in our schools. Their core function is to prevent and address gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behaviour by students towards other students in schools. They also implement violence prevention activities and plans throughout the Board.

To know what defines Gender Based Violence please read our policy

Professional learning for staff and training for students are conducted through workshops, student leadership, and long-term prevention planning.

Through the GBVP Office, the TDSB has implemented the Safe & Positive Spaces program in many schools and has made great strides in promoting positive school climates that are safe and accepting.

Other initiatives include the Peer Educator Network, the Unity Conference, a community partnership event; Gender-Independent Children's Group, a system-wide group for parents/caregivers of gender-independent children; the Board’s Guidelines for the Accommodation of Transgender and Gender Independent/Non-Conforming Students and Staff which promotes dignity and equality for transgender and gender-independent staff and students; and the Triangle Program, Canada’s only classroom for LGBTQ youth. 

Work is guided by our Equity Foundation Statement and we believe that equity of opportunity, and equity of access to our programs, services, and resources are critical to the achievement of our students. Through this statement and the Gender-Based Violence Policy, we are committed to providing each and every student with safe, nurturing, positive and respectful learning environments.

Please contact us if you require additional information about any of the programs and supports we offer.

If you are looking for a particular resource please contact our staff who would be happy to assist.

We are committed to maintaining a learning and working environment which actively promotes and supports human rights. Please read our policy and procedures to find out how. If you have any questions about how to use this policy or its subsequent procedures, please contact John Donkor, Manager of Human Rights at

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Contact Information

Gender-Based Violence Prevention Office

725 Bathurst Street, Room B105
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2R5

Phone: 416-393-9667
Fax: 416-393-9668

If you would like to receive a weekly communication from our office, please send your email address to

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Kenneth Jeffers
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Coordinator      

Michelle Cho
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Student Equity Program Advisor

Ilana David
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker

Javier Davila
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Student Equity Program Advisor

Gaela Mintz
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Social Worker

j wallace
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Student Equity Program Advisor


Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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