Backgrounder: Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund
The Government of Canada is investing $3.5 million annually in projects that will create safer workplaces for federally regulated employees. Through Employment and Social Development Canada’s Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund, partner organizations will receive funding to co-develop sector-specific tools and resources that address these workplace issues. Approaches could include behavioural changes, education and guidance, and mandatory training. These projects will help workplaces comply with Bill C-65—legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces.
Violence & Harassment Awareness, Management and Training for the BC Waterfront
The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) represents ship owners, agents and terminal operators on Canada’s west coast. Their project will support workplace parties to address workplace harassment and violence through the development and delivery of training courses that will equip them to prevent and respond to incidents of harassment and violence. The tools and resources developed to support the training will be available for all 8,700 workers, management and foremen personnel hired directly by the terminals. In addition, the tools and resources will focus on populations most at risk of experiencing workplace harassment and violence within the maritime industry, including LGBTI and Indigenous communities.
Funding of $3,900,200 is being provided to the BCMEA.
G’minoomaadozimin (We Are Living Well) – Our Respectful Community
The Nokiiwin Tribal Council is an organization dedicated to ensuring the growth and prosperity of First Nations communities. The initial phases of its project will focus on providing culturally sensitive tools and resources to all First Nations communities and individuals in Ontario taking steps to comply with Bill C-65—legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces. Their project then aims to expand support to First Nations communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The project is performed in collaboration with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, Infrastructure Health and Safety, the Public Health and Safety Association, Workplace Safety North, Ontario Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the First Nation Safety Council of BC.
Funding of $2,155,967 is being provided to the Nokiiwin Tribal Council Inc.
Anti-Harassment Training for the Trucking Sector
This project aims to develop and identify appropriate mediums for the delivery of anti-harassment/violence training to all management and staff working in the Canadian trucking sector, with the overall goal of reducing workplace incidents of harassment and violence in these federally regulated workplaces. Activities include train the trainer sessions in each province, along with eight pilot training sessions. Up to 400 employees will undertake sector-specific harassment and violence prevention training.
Funding of $2,245,860 is being provided to Trucking Human Resources (HR) Canada.
Implementation and upgrade of practices related to Bill C-65
Research has shown that occupational training is most effective when scenarios and activities are related to the specific workplace of the participants. That is why the main goal of this project is to develop organization-specific occupational health and safety training, and more specifically, training on harassment and violence prevention. UNI Financial Cooperation will educate its staff, managers and union representative across 15 work locations, establish multiple working committees and develop a platform with technical tools accessible to all staff.
Funding of $182,508 is being provided to UNI Financial Cooperation.
Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace through Collaboration
Stigma is the primary reason why employees do not inform their employer of situations of domestic violence that may impact the workplace, even posing a risk to others in some cases. The main goal of this project is to ensure that workers, unions and employers are able to respond effectively to harassment and violence associated with domestic violence that finds its way into the workplace by providing tools to help everyone do what they can to support those who are in these terrible situations. The project will contribute to the physical and psychological health and safety of employees in federally regulated workplaces and beyond.
Funding of $2,088,828 is being provided to the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University.
Research & Training for Vulnerable Workers Experiencing Sexual Violence
The project consists in a one-stop online platform that will provide tools and resources for vulnerable and precarious workers experiencing workplace sexual harassment and violence. The online platform has the capacity to expand and make available a plethora of resources related to workplace health and safety. Partners include the Canadian Women’s Foundation, AfterMeToo, Federally Regulated Employers¬ – Transportation and Communications (FETCO), Canadian Labour Congress and the University of Toronto.
Funding of $874,196 is being provided to the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University.
Roadmap to Future Workplaces
The Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) is receiving funding for its project, Roadmap to Future Workplaces, to be performed in collaboration with #AfterMeToo and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
One of the goals of this project is to create and provide robust, sector-specific education on legal rights and procedures through digital and in-person training for employees. Together with union and corporate leadership, this project will create customized action plans to help companies tackle the policies and cultures that allow workplace sexual harassment. The goal of this collaboration is to transform workplaces into transparent, accountable and safe environments that are free from harassment and violence. Roadmap to Future Workplaces will be housed on Rosa, a one-stop online platform that will centralize laws, reporting forms and provide tools and resources for vulnerable workers in federally regulated industries.
Funding of $2,786,696 is being provided to the CWF.
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