Plans are underway to increase safety measures at post-secondary institutions across the province by introducing a new bill that would require schools to make the results of their sexual violence policy reviews publicly available, providing greater transparency and oversight.

The hope is that these new changes will help prevent sexual violence on campus moving forward. 

“Student safety is a top priority for our government,” said Advanced Education and Training Minister Renée Cable. “These changes ensure all post-secondary institutions in Manitoba are accountable and equipped with the tools to respond to and promptly address incidents of sexual violence on campus.”

Currently, post-secondary institutions are required to adopt, implement and regularly review sexual violence policies so they are prepared to receive and respond to incidents of sexual violence on campus.

If the bill goes through, institutions that fail to meet the act's requirements could see their funding reduced.

The hope is to have the bill passed into law before summer.