Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace | Online Consultation on Proposed Regulations

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on July 24, 2018 and will close to input on Oct 5, 2018.

The Government of Canada is taking strong action on workplace harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, through Bill C-65, which is currently before Parliament. Bill C-65 aims to eliminate these behaviours in federally regulated and parliamentary workplaces, and aims to strengthen provisions in the Canada Labour Code by putting into place one comprehensive approach that takes the full spectrum of harassment and violence into consideration. The new framework will require employers to:

  1. Prevent incidents of harassment and violence;
  2. Respond effectively to these incidents if and when they do occur; and
  3. Support victims and affected employees

How to participate

Over the next several weeks, we want to hear from Canadians on the proposed regulatory framework that will be introduced following the passage of Bill C-65. You can participate at any time until the online consultation closes on Oct 5, 2018.

There are a few ways to send us your feedback on the proposed regulatory framework:

Read the consultation paper

Review the consultation paper on the proposed regulatory framework

Complete the survey

Review the proposed regulatory framework and complete our survey.

Participate on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter and join the discussion #HaveYourSay. Include @Labour_ESDC in your tweet.

Send us an email

You can send us your thoughts on the proposed regulations by email

Mail

You can send us your thoughts on the proposed regulations by mail:

Labour Program
C.P. 1155
Matane, QC
G4W 0L2

Fax

There is also a fax line set up to receive your comments: (418) 566-2462.

 

Who should participate

All Canadians are welcome to participate in this consultation.

What the consultation is about

The Government wants to know what you think about the proposed regulatory framework that supports Bill C-65, which aims to prevent and respond to all incidents of harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces, and to support those who have experienced it.

The proposed regulations will enhance protections for employees by outlining elements to prevent incidents, to respond adequately when they do occur, and to support those who have been affected by an incident, based on the following principles:

  • Change the workplace culture to one where harassment and violence is not tolerated;
  • Emphasize the importance of prevention;
  • Develop an employee-driven resolution process;
  • Acknowledge the continuum of behaviours that qualify as harassment and violence;
  • Prioritize privacy and confidentiality; and
  • Create predictable timeframes for resolution

Why you should participate

Workplace harassment and violence is pervasive, can take many forms and has profound negative effects.

Allowing workplace harassment and violence to go unaddressed is costly in every way – from the psychological, emotional, physical harms to the social and economic losses that result. Employees who face harassment and violence often live with high levels of stress, anxiety, illness and fear. Employers see a reduction in productivity, lower employee commitment, increased absenteeism, higher turnover, legal costs and costs related to sick leave, as well as unwanted publicity.

The Government of Canada's position is simple: harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, are unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. We must do everything in our power to stop these unacceptable behaviours.

When and where to participate

July 24 to October 5th 2018

  1. Consultation Paper: Proposed regulatory framework on harassment and violence in the workplace
  2. Online survey: Prevention of harassment and violence in the workplace July 24, 2018 to October 5, 2018

Privacy notice statement

Please read our privacy notice statement for consultation and engagement activities.

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Contact us

Interested media can contact media relations.

Email: EDSC.TRA.PHV-HVP.LAB.ESDC@labour-travail.gc.ca

Mail:

Labour Program

C.P. 1155
Matane, QC
G4W 0L2

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