Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace – Minister's Message

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Workplace harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, is pervasive, can take many forms and has profound negative effects. It is important that we do everything in our power to stop these unacceptable behaviours. That's why our government introduced Bill C-65. Employees need to feel protected and supported through strong measures, and I believe that Bill C-65 will do just that by giving federally regulated employers the tools they need to adequately address and deal with workplace harassment and violence.

The amended regulations will build on the current requirements. Employers will be required to address instances of all forms of harassment and violence in their workplace policy, including when it is perpetrated by third parties.

As we move forward with this important initiative, I want to make sure that your voice is heard. That's why I'm asking for your feedback on the proposed regulatory framework that will be introduced following the passage of Bill C-65. The framework is divided into three pillars – prevent, respond, and support. Everyone is invited to participate in the survey. Your insights will help to shape and influence the new framework, as well as the key elements and provisions that will ultimately help ensure its effectiveness.

Finally, I would like to stress that legislation and regulations alone won't solve this problem. We live in a culture that has tolerated these unacceptable behaviours for too long. Culture change requires work, and it will take all of us to see that change through. Together, we can create workplaces where everyone feels safe and welcome.

Thank you in advance for your time.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

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