Nova Scotia has released guidelines for the prevention of sexual violence at university and college campuses.
Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis says the guidelines will pave the way for a cultural shift at the province's 10 universities and the Nova Scotia Community College.
"The hope is it will decrease sexual violence on campuses, and the way it does that is part of the culture change happens from education," he says. "The students understanding what consent is, the students understanding when boundaries are crossed."
"By having that understanding, as they move forward they won't cross those boundaries."
Kousoulis says the guidelines will ensure the schools maintain up-to-date, stand-alone sexual violence policies focused on supporting the needs of survivors and that they work to ensure campus responses to sexual violence are also survivor-centric.
They were developed by the Provincial Sexual Violence Prevention Committee, which was formed following the release of a report in 2017 that found a prevailing "rape culture'' still existed on campuses.
With files from Canadian Press