Sexual harassment - Overview

Important note: All Canadians deserve a workplace that is free from harassment and violence and where unacceptable behaviours are not tolerated. That is why the Government of Canada took action with Bill C-65 to protect employees from harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces. The bill received Royal Assent on October 25, 2018 and will come into force in 2020, once the regulations are in place. For more information, please read the Forward Regulatory Plan: 2019-2020.

Everyone is entitled to protection from sexual harassment while on the job.

The Canada Labour Code defines sexual harassment as any:

  • conduct
  • comment
  • gesture
  • contact of a sexual nature

likely to cause offence or humiliation or that might, on reasonable grounds, be perceived as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on any opportunity for training or promotion.

Employers are to post their sexual harassment policy prominently in the workplace.

For general information, please consult Sexual Harassment (Pamphlet 12 - Labour Standards).

For information on filing an individual complaint of sexual harassment, please consult the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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