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Education from Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Planned Parenthood Ottawa offers a variety of engaging and interactive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) workshops to give practical, up-to-date information and emphasize skill-building on a wide range of SRH topics. We strive to provide the most comprehensive and unbiased information for the Ottawa community to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

PPO continues to work to adapt our workshops for all ages, and for many communities, including newcomers and immigrants, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities, and Indigenous people. Our workshops are designed for elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, drop-ins, clubs and other community-based organizations. All workshops are provided by trained staff and/or volunteer educators, and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. We request 1.5 hours for each workshop, though we can adjust the timing if necessary.

If you would like a workshop on a topic that is not listed below, please contact PPO. We are always happy to discuss a customized workshop. For inquiries about our education programming, please contact Ceara McIntyre, the Education Coordinator.

Workshop Topics

Puberty & Anatomy

Giggle your way through this foundational workshop, where students learn the scientific names for body parts related to sexual and reproductive health processes, the physical changes of puberty, and the kinds of care products that can help manage these physical changes.

Puberty & Relationships

So many things change during puberty, and relationships is just one of them. In this workshop students will consider the different types of relationships they have in their lives (friendships, family, mentors, etc.) and how some relationships change throughout puberty. hey will also strategize ways to make and maintain friendships.

Relationships & Emotional Intelligence

Research shows that emotional intelligence is one of the skills required for a healthy relationship with oneself and others. In this workshop designed for elementary students, participants will learn to identify the physical signs that they might be experiencing a strong emotion, as well as the complexity of strong emotions.

Body Image

Through puberty, our bodies change so much, and it can be hard to become comfortable in our changing bodies. The feelings that we have about our bodies can influence our lives and relationships for years. In this workshop designed for all genders, and ages 9-13 (grades 4-8), students will think critically about the messages they receive about their bodies, and will be given practical tips to improve body image.

Healthy Relationships

This workshop has two versions: one for students in grade 7 & 8 and one for high school students. This workshop will have students identify the qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship, and develop possible solutions to common relationship problems.  

Birth Control

There are many ways to reduce your risk of pregnancy, and the first step is learning about your options. In this workshop designed for students in grade 7 and above, participants will consider how pregnancy happens, learn about the different forms of birth control through peer-led presentations, and then learn the steps to using a condom properly.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections can be very scary for young people, but they don’t have to be if you know how to reduce your risk. In this workshop designed for students in grade 7 and above, participants learn about how STIs are passed from person to person, they will strategize ways to reduce their risk of getting an STI, and consider what to do if they or someone they know is every infected with an STI (treatment).


While many youth can state what the principals of consent are, they often struggle to recognize the principals of consent in real life scenarios, or apply the principles of consent in their lives. In this workshop designed for students in grade 7 and up, participants are given age-appropriate scenarios to test their ability to recognize consent, and then are asked to come up with ways to improve communication around consent. We have two versions of this workshop, one for Grade 7-8 youth, and one for high school-aged youth.

Sexual Decision Making

Our sexual decision-making workshop is geared towards participants in grade 7 and above. This workshop will help emphasize the importance of communication during any sexual activity, and have participants consider things to think about before engaging in sexual activity.

Sex and Technology

This workshop is currently geared toward high school-aged youth between the ages of 14-21. This workshop is two-fold: we look at how youth use technology to better understand and learn about sex and sexuality (i.e. pornography), and how youth use technology in romantic/sexual relationships (i.e. sexting). This workshop is intended to develop critical thinking skills that youth can use to analyze the accuracy of sexual health information they find, and to critically analyze the impact of the ways that their peers use technology in romantic and sexual relationships.


The Education Program at PPO is almost entirely dependent on donations from the community and fee-for-service work. We offer workshops on a sliding scale fee, which means we often work with agencies to find a price that works for both organizations. If you are unable to pay a fee for our workshop, let us know. Please contact the coordinator for more information about our fees.


PPO is happy to set up an information kiosk at your school, agency, or event. A staff or volunteer representative will come to your location with handouts and resources and will be there to answer questions. If you would like to invite PPO to participate in a health fair or other event, please contact the Education Coordinator by phone at 613-226-3234 (ext. 306) or by email at

Booking Information

To book a workshop or other engagement, please fill out the form below, call the Education Coordinator at 613-226-3234 (ext. 306) or contact by email at

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