Government of Canada invests in Training and Resources for Workplace Harassment and Violence

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The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour has announced a project receiving funding through Employment and Social Development Canada’s Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation, in collaboration with AfterMeToo and the APTN, received $2,786,696 in funding for their project, Roadmap to Future Workplaces. One of the goals of this project is to create and provide robust, sector-specific education on legal rights and procedures through digital and in-person training for employees.

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President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Paulette Senior said, “Women face multiple barriers when it comes to reporting sexual harassment: self-blame, embarrassment and the very real possibilities that they won’t be believed and that speaking up will jeopardize their livelihoods. This investment will provide critical tools and support for those experiencing sexual harassment, and help shift the burden from women to the workplace. ALL women deserve workplaces free from sexual harassment.”

Together with union and corporate leadership, this project will create customized action plans to help companies tackle the policies and cultures that allow workplace sexual harassment. The goal of this collaboration is to transform workplaces into transparent, accountable and safe environments that are free from harassment and violence.

Roadmap to Future Workplaces will be housed on Rosa, a one-stop online platform that will centralize laws and reporting forms and provide tools and resources for vulnerable workers in federally regulated industries.

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This project, along with the five others announced earlier this year, will help workplaces comply with Bill C-65­—new legislation to protect employees from harassment and violence in federally regulated workplaces, which will come into force in 2020.