Category Archives: Action Canada Associates

Sexual Health Nova Scotia and Saskatoon Sexual Health win 2018 Bentley Awards!

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Sexual Health Nova Scotia (first place) and Saskatoon Sexual Health (second place)!

We received a strong number of applications but Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s program Doing It Better and Saskatoon Sexual Health’s campaign Wrap It Up! SK stood out for their innovation and leadership.

Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s Doing It Better program trains service providers on sexual violence prevention and sexuality education to better support people living with intellectual disabilities. Sexuality education is extremely important but often unavailable for people with intellectual disabilities.  With Doing It Better, Nova Scotia Sexual Health produced a 360-page manual of research, lessons, and activities for facilitators to fill the gap. Click here to read the Sexual Health Nova Scotia press release >>

Saskatoon Sexual Health’s Wrap It Up! SK is a youth-led campaign tackling high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies in Saskatchewan. Wrap It Up! SK seeks to increase condom usage and acceptability among youth by increasing condom distribution. In the first two years, over 300,000 condoms were distributed, which represents a 60% increase in distribution.  Click here to read the Saskatoon Sexual Health press release >>

Action Canada is proud to count Sexual Health Nova Scotia and Saskatoon Sexual Health among its Associate Organizations. Our Associate Organizations and partners continue to encourage and motivate us with their creativity and success. We are constantly inspired and look forward to ongoing collaboration and experience sharing to ensure that all people are guaranteed their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

For more information about both programs and the Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence please contact [email protected]

Employment Opportunity with Shore Centre

SHORE Centre requires a Patient Intake Worker for our medical abortion clinic, Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm. The wage is $17/hr, plus a health benefits package. We are looking for someone who is passionate about women and trans people’s health, autonomy and well-being. You must be compassionate, open-minded, and have a high degree of patience.

Job Summary:

  • Operate a multi-line telephone system
  • Conduct client intake by telephone, including scheduling / confirming client appointments and taking medical histories
  • Arrange appointments for clients and interact with other organizations
  • Oversee the admission of all visitors and deliveries

This position involves Internet, medical booking software, word processing and spreadsheets, and administrative support functions such as secretarial duties, compiling and filing charts, and communicating with health care personnel, clients and external agencies.


  • Completion of Medical Office Assistant course or similar educational experience
  • Volunteer or work experience related to healthcare, social services, or peer counselling
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • A patient and caring manner; ability to thrive in a busy work environment
  • A strong commitment to reproductive justice

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to deal with sensitive and cross-cultural scenarios
  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary team atmosphere
  • Attention to detail as well as multi-tasking skills are needed
  • Ability to organize work, to set priorities and to take initiative
  • Ability to work within an anti-oppression framework; understands and appreciates the diversity of our client and community.

SHORE Centre is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including LGBTQ identified persons, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, and members of Black and other racialized communities.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director at [email protected]. The deadline to apply is September 4th. No phone calls, please. Qualified individuals being considered will be contacted for an interview.

[Job Opportunity] The Youth Coalition is Hiring a Logistics, Administrative, and Finance Officer

The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) is an international organization of young people (ages 18-29 years) committed to promoting adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights at the national, regional and international levels. We are volunteers from all over the world, with a small team of staff based in Ottawa to support us in this mandate. We are students, researchers, lawyers, health care professionals, educators, development workers, and most importantly, we are all dedicated activists and human rights defenders.

Together, we work to ensure that the sexual and reproductive rights of all young people are respected, guaranteed and promoted, and strive to secure the meaningful participation of young people in decision-making that affects the lives of young people and adolescents. We do this through advocating, generating knowledge, sharing information, building partnerships, and training young activists.

Position Summary

One-year contract with the possibility of renewal; The LAFO position is based in Ottawa, Ontario and applicants must be legally able to work in Canada.

Under the supervision of the Executive Coordinator, the Logistics, Administrative, and Finance Officer (LAFO) will be responsible for a variety of day-to-day financial and administrative tasks as well as organizing logistics for international events. The LAFO is also responsible for supporting the Executive Coordinator in the preparation of financial and annual reports and audits, and, in collaboration with the Executive Coordinator and the Board of Directors, for ensuring the financial integrity of the organization.

Responsibilities and Tasks

Financial Operations

  • Maintain accurate records of all transactions and expenses for YCSRR activities
  • Maintain financial log of expenses, deposits and transfers into QuickBooks accounting software
  • Work closely with the Program Manager to manage the budget for the Projet pour promouvoir la santé sexuelle et les droits des adolescents et jeunes au Bénin (ProJeunes), a three-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada
  • Lead on financial reporting to funders; Oversee grant funds and ensure adherence to funder/donor requirements; Prepare consolidated budget for all grants
  • Report to the Executive Coordinator on a monthly basis (status of budgets and financial situation, etc.), and to Board of Directors quarterly, to enable financial decision-making
  • Develop and oversee project budgets and present expense reports in the lead up to, during and following events
  • Provide financial management advice on budget revisions, prepare monthly forecasts, and make amendments as needed
  • Coordinate payment of bills
  • Assist Executive Coordinator in preparing financial reports and preparing for annual audits
  • Perform other duties, as directed

Administrative, Logistics, and General Program Support

  • Maintain and implement administration and logistics procedures in line with organizational requirements
  • Oversee office operations; Maintain inventory of office supplies, and make orders when necessary; Maintain filing and resource collection systems
  • Coordinate visa processes, transportation, venue, materials, accommodation, daily subsidies and reimbursements for workshops, meetings and other YCSRR activities internationally
  • Support Youth Coalition members and staff in the development, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and activities



  • Undergraduate degree/college diploma in accounting, event management, finance (or other related discipline), or equivalent experience
  • At least one year of experience  managing organizational finances
  • Experience in completing basic organizational accounting
  • At least one year of experience organizing events, preferably international events
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Microsoft Excel and QuickBooks accounting software
  • Strong commitment to the principles of anti-oppression and demonstrated commitment to YCSRR principles and values
  • Demonstrated ability working in multicultural work environments and across time zones
  • Detail-oriented with strong time management and organizational skills, and ability to maintain meticulous records
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work quickly under pressure both independently and as a part of a team
  • Excellent communication skills, independent and self-motivated
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally and work flexible hours


  • Knowledge of Global Affairs Canada financial regulations and reporting requirements
  • Involvement in a youth led and/or social justice initiative, organization, or network
  • Experience working in at least one of the following sectors: nonprofit, government, intergovernmental organization, international NGO
  • Knowledge of Spanish, French or Arabic is considered an asset
  • Familiarity with advocacy, sexual and reproductive rights, and international development is considered an asset
  • Familiarity with program management, monitoring and evaluation, communications, human resources, and/or report writing
  • Experience working with volunteers and with remote teams
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors

Note: YCSRR is an organization of young people under 30 years old. Applicants must be 28 years old or younger in order to be considered for this role.

Location: The position is based in Ottawa, Canada. Applicants must be legally able to work in Canada. The successful candidate is expected to start August 2018 and must be available for travel from August 10-18.

YCSRR Benefits

  • Salary is $40,000-45,000 CAD, to be negotiated based on experience and qualifications, and includes a comprehensive benefits package (including vision and dental care)
  • Opportunity to work in an entirely youth-led, innovative, and social justice driven international organization
  • Small but mighty team that offers flexible working hours and work culture
  • Opportunities to travel internationally and take on diverse and challenging responsibilities as a youth SRHR advocate nationally, regionally, and internationally

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a PDF version of their cover letter and resume (3 pages maximum) to [email protected]Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 22, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us by email and we will respond promptly. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We will not be able to provide individual feedback on applications.

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights recognizes the contributions and critical perspectives that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our team. People including, but not limited to, those from the following groups are encouraged to apply: First Nations people, Inuit and Métis people; women; mothers; single parents; immigrants; people of colour; lesbian, bisexual, gay, two spirit, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and questioning people; intersex people; people with disabilities; and those marginalized on the basis of class or caste.

Planned Parenthood Toronto is hiring!

Planned Parenthood  Toronto is currently seeking two summer students to join their team.

They are currently looking to hire a  Social Media Assistant, LGBTQ Youth Initiative and a Communications Assistant.

Planned Parenthood Toronto (PPT) is a fully accredited community health centre that provides primary health care services to youth 13 to 29 years as well as health promotion programming, education, training and research to improve the health and well being of Toronto’s diverse communities.

For more information on the positions and how to apply, please refer to Planned Parenthood Toronto’s website and the job descriptions:


Executive Director Job Opening at Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Terms: Permanent – Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Location: 222 Somerset Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Apply by:   June 4, 2018 at 5pm

Planned Parenthood Ottawa (“PPO”) is searching for a passionate and dynamic leader to fill the position of Executive Director (“ED”).  Reporting directly to the Board of Directors (“the Board”), the ED is responsible for overseeing PPO’s programming and day-to-day operations, as well as championing the organization’s missions and values in partnership with its elected and appointed leadership.

PPO is a registered, charitable, not-for-profit organization that provides a range of services and information for people in the Ottawa area to make healthy and informed  decisions about their health, bodies and relationships. Education, counselling, information and referral services are available in a safe environment, free of judgement and a full understanding of options and choices that best suit you.

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

As the driving force behind PPO’s strategic vision, the Executive Director is responsible for directing and executing the activities of PPO in alignment with its strategic plan. Reporting to the board of directors, the Executive Director will shape and lead how the organization achieves its goals, and will measure and report on a regular basis the organization’s performance. The Board relies on the ED to identify opportunities and risks as they pertain to both the organization and its programming, and will look to the ED to recommend and take the initiative to implement strategies to address them.

Relationship and Partnership Building

The Executive Director is responsible for building, maintaining and growing relationships both inside and outside of the organization.  PPO has a strong team, and it will be the responsibility of the ED to directly manage PPO’s talented staff and network of volunteers, providing them with the necessary guidance to implement PPO’s services and programming. Externally, the ED fosters relationships and partnerships with community stakeholders, donors, government officials, partners, media and the public at large.

Financial Sustainability and Fundraising

The Executive Director provides leadership to ensure the financial health and sustainability of PPO. The ED will perform various fundraising duties, including: identifying and pursuing restricted and unrestricted funding sources (monthly donors, government grants, major gifts, etc.); supporting volunteer fundraising committee; streamlining fundraising activities to be implemented by organization’s staff; and regular, ongoing communication with donors through in-person meetings, written communication and formal presentations.



  • Experience working at an executive or senior leadership level within a not-for-profit environment
  • Experience working in a managerial or supervisory capacity
  • Ability to foster a positive and engaged workplace


  • Demonstrated success in fundraising for not-for-profit, community-based organizations
  • Knowledge of multiple types of fundraising (grant writing, campaigns, donors, major gifts, etc.)

Project Management:

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple high priority projects of varying size and scope
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of budget setting, forecasting and financial management best practices

Communications and Interpersonal Skills:

  • Capacity to build longstanding and dynamic relationships with donors, partners, and community members
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence engaging both social and traditional media


  • Ability to champion the mission and values of Planned Parenthood Ottawa
  • Commitment to social justice, feminist, and anti-oppressive principles and practice

Asset Qualifications

  • Advanced post-secondary education
  • An ability to communicate in both French and English
  • A strong understanding of the landscape of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Canada

Planned Parenthood Ottawa is committed to diversifying its staff to ensure that a variety of life experiences are represented, and that the organization is reflective of the diverse communities in the Ottawa area. This includes but is not limited to: LGBTQ+ communities; racialized communities; Indigenous/First Nations communities; people living with invisible and visible disabilities, and/or individuals experiencing multiple intersecting marginalizations.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] by June 4, 2018

Our Associate Planned Parenthood Toronto is Hiring!

Want to be part of something bigger than yourself? Join our movement to unapologetically revolutionize the sexual health dialogue.

Volunteer Engagement Worker, Young Men’s Peer Project | Apply by February 5, 2018

February 2018-June 2020. 22 hours/week. Young Men’s Peer Project.


Finance and Operations Assistant | Apply by February 7, 2018

Permanent. 30 hours/week. Finance and Operations Office.

The SRI is hiring!

The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is a coalition of six national and regional organizations (including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) from all parts of the world with an office in Geneva, Switzerland that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006.

The SRI aims to advance sexual rights (broadly defined) as a particular set of rights and as a crosscutting issue within international law, specifically in the work of the UN Human Rights Council. The SRI’s approach to advocacy combines feminist analysis with important normative advances in the recognition of human rights of women, marginalized communities and young people. The SRI further aims to create a political space for advocacy on sexual rights by bridging Southern, Northern and Eastern perspectives and incorporating diverse views.

The SRI is currently expanding its Geneva-based presence. We are seeking highly motivated, effective and experienced staff with a firm grounding in feminist principles and analysis to play important roles in achieving the goals of the coalition.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa and HIV Community Link win 2017 Bentley Awards!

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2017 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Planned Parenthood Ottawa (first place) and HIV Community Link (second place)!

We received a strong number of applications but Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Parent Peer Leadership (PPL) program and HIV Community Link’s Shift Program stood out for their innovation and leadership.

Planned Parenthood Ottawa’s Parent Peer Leadership (PPL) program improves parent-child communication on sexual health in Ottawa’s immigrant communities through training and discussion about healthy development and sexuality. Parents feel they can communicate more openly and accurately with children and youth about healthy sexuality while upholding their cultural values and have reported increased comfort and less fear of the Ontario Sexual Health Curriculum. Click here to read the Planned Parenthood Ottawa press release »

For over 10 year’s, HIV Community Link’s Shift Program has provided safety planning, access to basic needs, safer sex education and supplies, case management, and trauma-informed supportive counselling to adults involved in sex work. In 2016-2017, Shift saw 129 registered clients and 193 unique sex worker contacts through street outreach. Unlike most sex worker services, Shift is non-denominational and exiting the sex work industry is not a primary goal. Click here to read the HIV Community Link press release »

Action Canada is proud to count Planned Parenthood Ottawa and HIV Community Link among its Associate Organizations. Our Associate Organizations and partners continue to encourage and motivate us with their creativity and success. We are constantly inspired and look forward to ongoing collaboration and experience sharing to ensure that all people are guaranteed their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

For more information about both programs and the Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence please contact [email protected]

Press Release: Advocates Demand Universal Access to Abortion Pill at Health Ministers Meeting

For immediate release

EDMONTON – Representatives from Action Canada, the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Health Coalition, the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Kensington Clinic are together today during the 2017 Health Ministers’ Summit to jointly demand the governments of Canada and every province and territory cover the cost of medical abortions. Access to abortion shouldn’t depend on your postal code or your tax bracket.

At the July 2017 Council of the Federation, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights gave provinces/territories until now to pledge universal cost coverage of the abortion pill, Mifegymiso. To date, five provinces have committed: New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. The five hold out provinces, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, PEI and Newfoundland must immediately commit to cost coverage to avoid violating the Canada Health Act and creating two tiered access to health care in Canada.

“This isn’t just a problem for reproductive rights advocates, it’s a problem for anyone who believes in universal health care,” says Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. Adding that “What is needed from our political leaders is the courage and foresight to correct the course and take the necessary steps to address unequal access to abortion. It has gone on for far too long.”

“Right now, a person in Ontario or Alberta who needs a medical abortion can access one free of charge. If someone in Newfoundland needs one, they’re forced to cover the $300 to $450 cost upfront or go without. For someone in Manitoba many will have to travel to the two sanctioned service points, possibly hundreds of kilometers away, to access the pill free of charge. How is that equitable? The fact that BC has not yet committed calls their new governments’ stance on women’s equality into question.” says Prasad.

In support of a multi-prong strategy to ensure equitable access to health care, the Canadian Nurses Association has been vocal on the need to support nurses prescribing the pill: “Whether women live urban or rural locations, we urge provincial and territorial governments to provide them access to Mifegymiso. To achieve this for Canadian women, we must allow and support nurse practitioners (NP) and other qualified prescribers to practise to their full scope. As the primary care providers of over 3 million Canadians, it is critical to remove all the barriers – which include private insurers recognizing NP as a qualified prescriber – to allow them to provide comprehensive care to their patients across Canada.” Says Eric Lavoie from Canadian Nurses Association.

Similarly, pharmacists are concerned about the barriers posed by restrictions around dispensing Mifegymiso: “CPhA strongly supports expanding cost coverage across the country to support better access to Mifegymiso for women”, says Christine Hrudka, Vice-Chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association. “Another critical barrier to access is the current Health Canada requirement that physicians dispense it directly to patients which is inconsistent with how other medications are dispensed and is often a restriction for physicians. CPhA has compiled a scan ( of Canadian’s access to mifegymiso through pharmacy and it shows that while some provinces have allowed pharmacists to dispense directly to the patient, many provinces still haven’t done so. We would urge Health Canada to remove this requirement as quickly as possible, but failing which, we would urge the remaining provinces and territories to permit pharmacist dispensing”

In addition, Pauline Worsfold will be speaking to the press, representing the Canadian Health Coalition in order to bring attention to the importance of a national pharmacare strategy and Celia Posinyak, executive director of the Kensington Clinic in Calgary will speak to the realities of abortion service provision within Alberta.

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Media Contact
Darrah Teitel
Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights
[email protected]


  • Mr. Prasad is available for media interviews.
  • Press Conference will be held on  October 19th, 10AM at the Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton.
  • More information about the abortion pill and Action Canada’s campaign are available at


ACTION CANADA FOR SEXUAL HEALTH & RIGHTS is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health in Canada and globally.

Our Associate Planned Parenthood Toronto is Looking for a SNAP Volunteer!

Supporting Newcomer Access Project (SNAP) is a peer sexual health education and leadership project for newcomer youth in Toronto. We train newcomer youth in the city to become sexual health educators who then make and lead workshops all around the city. SNAP Peer Educators will engage youth from diverse newcomer communities in Toronto to address the lack of relevant, accessible sexual health education for newcomer youth through the development and delivery of peer-led sexual health education workshops, activities and new media/communication technology resources. SNAP Peer Educators will form a Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), and with support and guidance from PPT Staff, the YAC will work together to develop sexual health education workshops for newcomer youth that they will deliver in the community. Subjects could include healthy relationships, safer sex, consent, cultural balance, dealing with family/community/religion, or other topics identified by the YAC. All Peer Educators accepted into the program will participate in comprehensive training to increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and get skills necessary to create and deliver sexual health programming to other newcomer youth.

Eligibility: This volunteer opportunity is open to youth of all genders and backgrounds who are between the ages of 18 and 29.

Training: Training will start in November, taking place over multiple weeks for a total of 30 hours. Training will run one evening a week and 2 Saturdays, depending on the needs of the group. Applicants must be available to attend all sessions. Training is designed to increase your knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and to develop the necessary skills to provide information and deliver sexual health workshops to newcomer youth communities and to be a resource for their peers.

Training Dates/Times:

  • Monday, November 6, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, November 13, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, November 20, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, November 27, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, December 4, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, December11, 6-8:30PM
  • Monday, December 18, 6-8:30PM
  • PLUS 2 Saturdays in either November or December, 10AM to 4PM (dates to be determined)



Commitment: Once training is completed, volunteers will meet twice a month, to continue creating new resources, workshops, building on skills, or other activities the group decides to undertake. Additional trainings and meetings may be added as needed. Commitment to this project is one year.

DUE DATE: Monday, October 16th at 9AM.

Fill out our online application here [link]

Or download and return PDF applications to:

Rhobyn James

Community Health Promoter/SNAP Coordinator

[email protected]

Mail/In Person:
Planned Parenthood Toronto
36B Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto ON M5R 1A9

For more information contact: Rhobyn James, [email protected], 647.461.4454