In Canada, all individuals have the right to a safe workplace with fair treatment. Sexual harassment impacts the health and well-being of those involved, as well as their ability to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. Creating and maintaining safe workplaces where everyone – no matter their gender or gender identity – can be safe, respected and able to focus on their work and career is a priority for the Government of Canada.
Yesterday, the David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced $423,157 over 5 years for the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region to increase the business community's awareness and understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace.
With this support, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region will work with local stakeholders to best understand the needs of the business community and will create a series of workshops to educate employers about sexual harassment in the workplace. These workshops will cover the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, how to create a safe workplace, and when to intervene. They will also develop a social media education campaign and provide additional support for local businesses such as policy and consultation support.