Harassment and violence
Changes to the policy and directives on harassment and violence
The Government of Canada is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive public service that is free of harassment and violence where all employees are treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
To strengthen the policies that keep employees safe and to ensure that harassment and violence is not tolerated, condoned or ignored in the federal public service, the Treasury Board Secretariat has released a new Directive on the prevention and resolution of workplace harassment and violence in line with changes to the Canada Labour Code that apply to all federally regulated workplaces.
This comprehensive directive requires departments to better prevent and respond to harassment, and to provide support to those affected by harassment and violence in the federal public service. It also requires departments to investigate, record and report all complaints of harassment and violence in their organizations.
This directive replaces the now rescinded:
- Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution, and
- Directive on the Harassment Complaint Process.
Tools and guides
- Informal conflict management: Conflict management, conflict resolution, honest discussion, collaborative problem solving
Domestic violence in the workplace
These tools supporting the former harassment and conflict resolution process will be archived by . They will still be available for old cases filed prior to .
Harassment in the workplace
- Focus series: Focus on Harassment (Public Service Employee Survey: 2017)
- Departmental representatives for the prevention and resolution of harassment in the workplace (available only on the Government of Canada network)
- Competencies profile for harassment investigators (available only on the Government of Canada network)
- Sample: Harassment complaint form [archived]
Workplace guides on harassment
- Is it Harassment? A Tool to Guide Employees
- Preventing and Resolving Harassment in the Workplace – A Guide for Managers
- Guide on Applying the Harassment Resolution Process
- Investigation Guide for the Policy on Harassment Prevention and Resolution and Directive on the Harassment Complaint Process
- Restoring the Workplace Following A Harassment Complaint: A Manager's Guide
- Poster: Prevention and resolution of harassment in the workplace (available only on the Government of Canada network)
Frequently asked questions
- Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations (Justice Canada)
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