Government of Canada supports initiatives to address workplace sexual harassment and improve access to justice in Nova Scotia
“Everyone should have the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment. It is essential that we increase support for victims of workplace sexual harassment and access to justice across Nova Scotia and across Canada. I am proud to support these organizations and their initiatives that will address this very serious issue and help provide a safe workplace.”
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
“The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is very pleased to have the opportunity to provide leadership to employees regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. We look forward to providing employees with meaningful access to justice through this five year project. Our work will positively impact diverse groups of employees with particular emphasis on vulnerable employees by providing quality legal information and support with a view to making workplaces safer for employees and providing meaningful supports and triage to means of redress. LISNS is a recognized leader in providing the public with helpful resources and tools to manage conflict at an early point in time.”
Heather de Berdt Romilly, Executive Director
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia
“Prevention of workplace sexual harassment begins with education. Human rights Commissions across Canada have collaborated to develop this important national training in both official languages which is now available and free to everyone in Canada.”
Christine Hanson, Chair
Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Commissions
The Canada Labour Code defines sexual harassment as any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature that is likely to cause offence or humiliation to any employee or that might, on reasonable grounds, be perceived by that employee as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on any opportunity for training or promotion. This federal definition applies to federally regulated workplaces.
Today’s announcement is part of the Budget 2018’s $50 million over five years of funding to address sexual harassment. Of this amount, $25 million is dedicated to organizations so that they can increase their ability to provide legal advice and information to support complainants of sexual harassment in the workplace. Another $25 million is dedicated to organizations to enable them to provide public legal education and information to workers. Through both inititatives, the Government of Canada is helping organizations assist victims and take a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace.
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Office of the Minister of Justice
Department of Justice Canada
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