Government of Canada publishes new regulations to prevent harassment and violence in federal workplaces
“Today, we’re taking an important step forward to ensure that federally regulated workplaces—including the federally regulated private sector, the federal public service and parliamentary workplaces—are free from harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. Every worker deserves a safe workplace, and by working together, we can make that a reality.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour
“Every Canadian has the right to work in a healthy, respectful and safe environment. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all federally regulated workplaces, including the public service, are free from harassment and violence of any kind. The new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations announced today will thereby enable employees and employers to more readily know their rights and duties and will strengthen the measures to prevent and address all forms of misconduct in the workplace.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board of Canada
Bill C-65 defines harassment and violence as “any action, conduct or comment, including of a sexual nature, that can reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or other physical or psychological injury or illness to an employee, including any prescribed action, conduct or comment.”
Through Budget 2018, the Government committed $34.9 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $7.4 million per year ongoing, to support Bill C-65, of which $3.5 million annually is dedicated to grants and contributions through the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund. There are seven projects receiving funding through the new fund, which was announced last year on International Women’s Day.
On September 1, 2019, a number of changes to Part III (Standard Hours, Wages, Vacations and Holidays) of the Canada Labour Code came into force and include new leaves such as leave for victims of family violence of up to 10 days (first 5 days paid for employees with at least 3 months of service). Offering a leave for family violence also advances the Government’s commitment to address gender-based violence.
International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 190 concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work was adopted by the ILO in June 2019. The Government is now consulting with the provinces and territories on ratifying ILO Convention 190.
- Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations
- Requirements for employers to prevent harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces
- Federal anti-harassment and violence legislation receives Royal Assent
- Government of Canada announces program to provide $3.5 million in annual funding to prevent workplace harassment and violence
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Labour
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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