Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace Consultation

Minister's Message

Workplace harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, are pervasive in our society. They take many forms and have profound negative effects on survivors and those close to them, as well as on employers and workplaces. That’s why the Government introduced Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. Employees should feel safe, respected and supported, and Bill C-65 will do just that by giving federally regulated employers, and employers on Parliament Hill, the tools they need to adequately address and deal with workplace harassment and violence.

The amended regulations will build on current requirements. In their workplace policy, employers will be required to address instances of all forms of harassment and violence, including that which 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 should Bill C-65 become law. 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 can 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

Minister's Message

Workplace harassment and violence, including sexual harassment and sexual violence, are pervasive in our society. They take many forms and have profound negative effects on survivors and those close to them, as well as on employers and workplaces. That’s why the Government introduced Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. Employees should feel safe, respected and supported, and Bill C-65 will do just that by giving federally regulated employers, and employers on Parliament Hill, the tools they need to adequately address and deal with workplace harassment and violence.

The amended regulations will build on current requirements. In their workplace policy, employers will be required to address instances of all forms of harassment and violence, including that which 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 should Bill C-65 become law. 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 can 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

Survey

The purpose of this survey is to hear from all Canadians about the proposed regulatory framework of Bill C-65, which aims to prevent and respond to all forms of harassment and violence in the workplace and to support those who have experienced it.

The federally regulated sector covers the following industries: 

  • Banks
  • Marine shipping, ferry and port services
  • Air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines
  • Railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders
  • Canals, pipelines, tunnels and bridges (crossing provincial borders)
  • Telephone, telegraph and cable systems
  • Postal services
  • Radio and television broadcasting
  • Grain elevators, feed and seed mills
  • Uranium mining and processing
  • Oil and gas extraction on federal lands
  • Businesses dealing with the protection of fisheries as a natural resource
  • First Nation activities
  • Federal Crown Corporations
  • Private businesses necessary to the operation of a federal act

In your responses, please do not include any personal information about yourself or anyone else; this includes name, address, email or any other information by which you or anyone else can be identified by your comments or views.

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