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e-4344 (Media and telecommunications)

Initiated by natalie westlake from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Science firmly underscores the correlation between mental and sexual health. In September 2022, the World Health Organization issued a warning regarding the rise of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) globally. It states, “Countries with good STI surveillance such as the United States and Canada have reported an increase in at least 3 STIs: syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia.”;
  • In their policy, Google Canada currently treats all “sexual content available on its platform” as one, and doesn’t differentiate sexual wellness based in education, from content solely focused on “drawing attention to …strip clubs, sexually suggestive live chat, and models in sexualized poses.”; and
  • As a result, Google Canada is restricting any advertising of educational-based sexual health resources, with prejudice.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Make progressive adjustments to content regulations governing Google Canada’s advertising restrictions and review processes on sexual content;
2. Review current guidelines in order to provide opportunity for currently restricted online Canadian “safer sex” advertisers that adhere to information grounded in science and wellness to provide content, products and services in a personalized, individualized, safe and proactive manner.
Open for signature
March 15, 2023, at 3:48 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 13, 2023, at 3:48 p.m. (EDT)
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