All Ontario universities must develop free speech policies, says provincial government - 2018-09-10
The provincial government has mandated that all universities in Ontario draft a policy on freedom of speech by January 1, 2019. This follows Premier Doug Ford's campaign promise that he would "ensure publicly funded universities defend free speech for everybody."
In a press statement released on August 30, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced that every publicly-assisted college and university will have to develop and publicly post a policy that includes a definition of freedom of speech and principles based on the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression, developed in 2014.
Free speech policy
According to the government, the policy must apply to faculty, students, staff, and management alike and uphold principles of open discussion and free inquiry.