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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Project

PLEAC has received funding from the Department of Justice for the Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Project. This initiative will help connect PLEI (Public Legal Education Information) organizations across Canada to make workplaces harassment free by providing complainants of workplace sexual harassment with access to legal advice when dealing with workplace sexual harassment, and by increasing public awareness and knowledge about sexual harassment in the workplace.

Website
https://aocvf.ca/

Main Contact
Justine Lemoine

Email
coordonnatrice@aocvf.ca

Telephone
613-241-8433 x21

Summary
This project will develop an awareness and education campaign on sexual harassment in the workplace. The campaign will have two main components: awareness of the issues to ensure victims, colleagues, employers and the general public have a greater understanding of sexual harassment, the consequences on victims and the workplace, and the challenges victims face, specifically vulnerable populations. The second component will be education for victims and employers on the issue of sexual harassment, legal rights and laws, community resources, and best practices. Tools and resource materials will be developed and online and in person training will be offered.

Website
http://www.aclrc.com/

Main Contact
Linda McKay-Panos

Email
lmmckayp@ucalgary.ca

Telephone
403-220-2505

Summary
This project will inform workers across Alberta, particularly those from vulnerable populations, about their legal rights and how they can access supports if they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Learning resources will be developed, updated, and translated into various languages. Free seminars will be offered to employers across the province utilizing an intersectional and trauma-informed approach.

Website
https://aasas.ca/

Main Contact
Corinne Ofstie

Email
cofstie@aasas.ca

Telephone
403-237-6905 x254

Summary
This project will address workplace sexual harassment across Alberta. The first component of the project is the design and delivery of a provincial public awareness campaign promoting a positive response to disclosures of workplace sexual harassment. The second component is the delivery of workplace engagement and training program using a trauma informed and prevention approach to educate employees and employers about workplace sexual harassment, and promoting a culture of respect and safety

Website
https://botler.ai/

Main Contact
Ritika Dutt

Email
ritika@botler.ai

Telephone
N/A

Summary
This project will anonymously triage complainants of sexual misconduct across Canada, using Artificial Intelligence on a per-case basis. Based on the details of their respective situation, the complainants will receive a list of relevant resources and potential legal code violations, in relation to sexual misconduct, detected by the software. The software is available online 24/7 to anyone with Internet access.

Website
http://www.cashra.ca/

Main Contact
Jeff Overmars

Email
jeff.overmars@novascotia.ca

Telephone
902-424-4111

Summary
This project will launch an online course to support employers to prevent and address sexual harassment in workplaces. The course will be offered in English and French to employers from across the country. The course will offer information and education to help employers better understand sexual harassment, how to identify and prevent it, and the applicable human rights obligations. The project will also offer employers sample sexual harassment policies to support developing policies for their business or organization.

Website
https://canadianwomen.org/;
https://www.aftermetoo.com/

Main Contact
Michelle Squires;
Mia Kirshner

Email
msquires@canadianwomen.org;
mia@wearerosa.com

Telephone
416-365-1444 x257

Summary
The project will address sexual harassment in the workplace through the development and launch of a national online interactive platform (named ‘Rosa’) that would provide plain language content on legislation, reporting options and available supports for individuals who have experienced workplace sexual harassment. The project will specifically target vulnerable and precarious workers, and would partner with community based organizations for outreach and development of the content. Virtual train-the-trainer workshops will also be delivered on the use of ‘Rosa’.

Website
http://www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/

Main Contact
Fallon Andy

Email
Fallon.Andy@coo.org

Telephone
416-597-1266

Summary
The project will develop and disseminate public legal education and information resources for Indigenous communities across Ontario, with a specific focus on First Nations youth, LGBTQ2S+ and women. Communities will be informed of their legal rights and obligations related to sexual harassment in the workplace and community more broadly. The project will be informed by both the Ontario First Nation Young Peoples Council as well as the First Nation Women’s Caucus, and disseminate resources at the All Ontario Chiefs Conference.

Website
https://juripop.org/

Main Contact
Annie Nadon

Email
anadon@juripop.org

Telephone
514-705-1637 x231

Summary
As part of this project, the organization will be creating a legal services center called La Source. La Source will provide listening, legal advice and support to anyone who has suffered sexual harassment in Quebec, regardless of his or her work industry. In an effort to empower people and with intersectional considerations, La Source will rely on a network of external lawyers to meet the specific needs of different vulnerable populations. Thus, applicants may, at their discretion, decide to meet with a staff lawyer from Juripop, or an external lawyer whose profile corresponds better to their experience and to their needs.

Website
https://clasbc.net/

Main Contact
Jennifer Khor

Email
Jkhor@clasbc.net

Telephone
604-673-3140 x350

Summary
CLAS provides up to five hours of free confidential legal advice from a lawyer to anyone who has experienced, or is experiencing, sexual harassment in their workplace in BC.

In partnership with Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC), CLAS will also provide education and training on preventing and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace to non-profits, Indigenous organizations, and small businesses.

Website
https://www.communitylegal.mb.ca/

Main Contact
Mary Troszko

Email
mctroszko@communitylegal.mb.ca; sexualharassmenthelp@communitylegal.mb.ca

Telephone
204-943-2382;
1-877-226-4366 (Sexual Harassment Hotline)

Summary
The organization will set up a Workplace Sexual Harassment Hotline with a toll-free number staffed by a lawyer and deliver a series of twenty-five workshops across Manitoba on sexual harassment in the workplace. The staff lawyer will be able to identify/clarify the sexual harassment claim; identify the issue(s); identify the audience, language and jurisdiction issue(s); and offer an early assessment of the facts/narrative. During the triage process, the staff lawyer will make the appropriate referrals to agencies, prints and other resources and, if appropriate, provide legal information and advice. Also, a webinar will be developed since the workshops will not reach everyone in Manitoba.

Website
https://www.legalinfopei.ca/en/home

Main Contact
Alia Hack

Email
alia@legalinfopei.ca

Telephone
902-892-0853

Summary
The organisation will set up a free legal advice program for victims of workplace sexual harassment that provides referrals to trauma-informed lawyers and a public legal education campaign for employers, employees and bystanders. This work will be done in collaboration with the PEI Human Rights Commission (PEIHRC).

Website
https://www.culturalhrc.ca/node/1

Main Contact
Grégoire Gagnon

Email
ggagnon@culturalhrc.ca

Telephone
613-562-1535 ext. 22

Summary
This project will support the organization’s overarching initiative to create respectful workplaces in the arts. The project will work toward the development of a reporting mechanism for workplace harassment in the arts. In addition, the project will undertake a feasibility study to explore the viability of developing an investigation mechanism for workplace harassment in the arts.

Website
https://endingviolence.org/

Main Contact
Liza Hughes

Email
hughes@endingviolence.org

Telephone
604-682-8820

Summary
The organization will develop materials related to preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment. Delivery of effective, trauma-informed and culturally relevant training for nonprofit organizations, small businesses, Indigenous Nations and youth focused legal assistance centers will take place in the province of British Columbia. The training will cover related policy and legislation, disclosure response, conducting investigations, managing workplace safety, and conducting workplace culture change.

Website
https://www.gaihst.qc.ca/

Main Contact
Noémie André

Email
noemie.andre@gaihst.qc.ca

Telephone
514-526-0789 x215

Summary
This project will offer free awareness sessions on sexual harassment in the workplace, adapted to the specifics issues and realities of newcomer women, Indigenous women, women in precarious work situations and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

These sessions will be available for organizations which are interested in receiving such a session, across Quebec. New tools and resources will also be developed and shared.

Website
https://www.hrlsc.on.ca/

Main Contact
Mindy Noble

Email
mnoble@hrlsc.on.ca

Telephone
416-597-4935

Summary
The SHARE project consists of a specialized team who provide free legal advice and public legal education information to individuals across Ontario who have experienced sexual harassment at work. The objective of this service is to help empower survivors by providing them with the legal advice they need to make an informed decision about what is best for them. The SHARE project seeks to reach workers in low-wage and precarious jobs, those who provide personal services or rely on tips, those in male-dominated industries, newcomers, youth, Indigenous, and racialized women, persons with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQ2S+. 

Website
https://www.lawsociety.nu.ca/

Main Contact
Nalini Vaddapalli

Email
ceo@lawsociety.nu.ca

Telephone
867-979-2330

Summary
The project will address sexual harassment in the workplace in Nunavut, while also bringing attention to other forms of harassment and gender-based violence that are relevant to the context in Nunavut. The project will develop and deliver trauma-informed workshops in communities across the territory, implement a territory-wide public legal education and information campaign, and will make free legal advice and information accessible to potential complainants.

Website
https://www.legalinfo.org/

Main Contact
Allison Smith

Email
allison@legalinfo.org

Telephone
SHW lawyer referral service: 1-833-407-3600
Legal Information Line: 1-800-665-9779

Summary
The recipient will deliver public legal education and information and establish a lawyer referral program to provide independent free legal advice to people who have been sexually harassed in the workplace in the province of Nova Scotia. In addition, the organization will develop a national template of best practices to share with PLEI.

Website
https://mwcbc.ca/

Main Contact
Jeanne Robert

Email
jeanne@mwcbc.ca

Telephone
604-669-4482

Summary
This project will increase access to justice for vulnerable newcomer communities in mainland British Columbia through legal advice, public legal education, community capacity building, and agency collaboration on workplace sexual harassment. The recipient’s staff will work out of its own offices and those of the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISS of BC) in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, and Langley to provide legal advice, alongside their existing legal advocacy services and the settlement and employment support provided by ISS to individuals who have experienced workplace sexual harassment. Additionally, MWC will develop and produce plain language educational materials on: indicators of workplace sexual harassment; applicable laws in British Columbia; steps to assist a person who has experienced workplace sexual harassment; and, where to access legal advice and other supports.

Website
http://www.peihumanrights.ca/

Main Contact
Laura K. Bird

Email
lkbird@peihumanrights.ca

Telephone
902-368-4703

Summary
Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission will increase public awareness and knowledge on sexual harassment in the workplace and how to respond through the implementation of a public awareness campaign and education for employers and youth. Training will be developed and delivered to employers, who will be encouraged to assume a leadership role in creating and maintaining safe and inclusive workplaces, and will be designed to address prevention, identifying and investigating sexual harassment. Employers and employees will be informed through training and awareness campaigns of their obligations and responsibilities. Additionally, the organization will work with secondary schools to develop resources and education opportunities within schools to prepare them for entering the workforce.

Website
https://www.probonoontario.org/

Main Contact
Lynn Burns

Email
lynn@probonoontario.org

Telephone
416-977-4448 x925

Summary
This project will enhance Pro Bono Ontario’s Hotline capacity to assist victims of workplace sexual harassment by; developing knowledge management resources to ensure that staff and volunteer lawyers provide high-quality legal services to victims of sexual harassment; by extending the hours of operation of the Hotline; by working with other funded organizations in Ontario to integrate services and develop intra-agency referral protocols and warm hand-offs and finally; by working in partnership with frontline service organizations to increase victim awareness of the Hotline. 

Website
http://www.legal-info-legale.nb.ca/

Main Contact
Deborah Doherty

Email
Deborah.doherty@gnb.ca

Telephone
506-453-7958

Summary
Creating and maintaining safer work places for all individuals in New Brunswick is a priority of PLEIS-NB’s five-year public education project to prevent and address sexual harassment. We are working collaboratively with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission (NBHRC). This Project recognizes the importance of identifying such intersectionality and addressing harassment in a holistic, collaborative and trauma-informed fashion.  The first phase of this Project has been to conduct public consultations to better understand the barriers that vulnerable groups face and to incorporate their feedback and recommendations into the develop of training and resources that will be valuable for all employers and employees, as well as legal professionals.

Website
https://www.plea.org/

Main Contact
Hilary J. Peterson

Email
h.peterson@plea.org

Telephone
306-653-1868 x228

Summary
The organization will develop and administer a lawyer referral program for individuals who have experienced workplace sexual harassment and create a dedicated website to provide plain-language legal information about workplace sexual harassment and the referral program.

Website
https://publiclegalinfo.com/

Main Contact
Sarah McHugh-Wade

Email
projects@publiclegalinfo.com

Telephone
709-986-2811

Summary
This project will provide legal navigation, support, and advice to employees in Newfoundland and Labrador who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees will be provided with consultation and support as required, including referrals to community supports and for free legal advice from a lawyer who specializes in the area of sexual harassment. A public legal education and information campaign will also be launched and will include the development of plain language legal information materials on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. Presentations with employers and employees will also be delivered throughout the province.

Website
www.enoughalreadysk.ca

Main Contact
Nicole White

Email
nicole@enoughalreadysk.ca

Telephone
306-270-7667

Summary
The project will address and support the prevention of sexual harassment in Saskatchewan workplaces. Through multi-stakeholder partnerships, and in coordination with service providers, the project will provide legal and employment information and education through workshops targeting employment

Website
https://www.sascwr.org/

Main Contact
Chris Martin

Email
workplaceeducator@sascwr.org

Telephone
519-571-0121 x809

Summary
This project enhances knowledge and awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace amongst employees and employers in the Waterloo Region. We have developed a series of workshops that begin with discussing legal rights and responsibilities, and carry through to unconscious biases, bystander intervention, and responding to disclosures of sexual violence. The training can be customized and applied to any level of an organization, from frontline workers to C-level executives as well as policy adjustment and development. In tandem with a social media campaign, we are raising awareness about what is sexual violence in the workplace, where an organization and its staff can turn for support, and how to create and contribute to inclusive, healthier workplace environments.

Website
https://serc.mb.ca/

Main Contact
Jared Star

Email
jstar@serc.mb.ca

Telephone
204-982-7812

Summary
This project will develop and launch in-person trainings that will be delivered across Manitoba, including rural and remote locations, with additional educational resources being developed and distributed to workplaces across the province on the subject of sexual harassment in the workplace. The organization will also support the development and launch of a province-wide public education campaign. In support of project sustainability, an evidence-based resource kit will be developed for workplaces and will include organizational assessment tools, as well as training materials.

Website
https://www.statusofwomen.nt.ca/

Main Contact
Janet Dean

Email
Contact via Website

Telephone
867-920-6177

Summary
The project will increase awareness and understanding of workplace sexual harassment in the Northwest Territories. Public education and information resources will be developed on workplace sexual harassment, specifically targeting employers and employees, and will include information on the legal framework, rights and obligations, how to prevent and address it, and what resources are available. Training workshops will be delivered in all six regions of the territory, encompassing 33 communities. Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers will be engaged to support the development of the resources and delivery to ensure cultural appropriateness and respect throughout the project.

Website
https://thehelpandlegalcentre.ca/

Main Contact
Lois Cromarty

Email
cromartl@lao.on.ca

Telephone
905-373-4464

Summary
20 legal clinics from across Ontario will take a coordinated approach to providing legal information and advice and public legal education on sexual harassment in the workplace. They include 8 legal clinics from South-West Ontario (Elgin-Oxford/Huron-Perth, Windsor, Chatham-Kent, Brant County, Gray-Bruce, Waterloo, Niagara and Sarnia), 8 legal clinics from Eastern/Central Ontario (Northumberland, Belleville, Oshawa, Peterborough, Perth, Renfrew, Simcoe/Haliburton/Kawartha Lakes and the Vanier Francophone clinic in Ottawa) and 4 from Northern Ontario (Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie, Keewaytinok, Sudbury and Kinna-aweya in Thunder Bay). Resources being available across Ontario is especially important to residents living in rural or remote communities. These 20 clinics will use federal resources to produce legal education materials, hire staff to deliver the legal advice and services to clients as well as organizing and presenting at various educational sessions.

Website
http://www.vircs.bc.ca/

Main Contact
Cleia Sangster

Email
cleia@vircs.bc.ca

Telephone
250-361-9433 x245

Summary
This project will inform newcomer employees in Victoria, British Columbia on sexual harassment in a workplace and how to address it through training/workshops and outreach. This project will also increase awareness among employers who employ newcomers from a cultural perspective.

Website
https://www.helpwrc.org/

Main Contact
Christopher Farness

Email
chris@helpwrc.org

Telephone
403-264-8100 x22

Summary
This project will create and implement focused workshops and/or materials specific to sexual harassment in the workplace. This program will be an educational tool for dealing with incidents of sexual harassment inclusive of defining what action(s) are considered harassment and referrals to legal resources available to effectively report and create action that leads to accessing justice. In terms of referrals, the project would access current legal community partner as well as a roster of lawyers specializing in employment and/or human rights law, working on a certificate basis.

Website
https://yukonhumanrights.ca/

Main Contact
Lesley McCullough

Email
director@yukonhumanrights.ca

Telephone
867-633-7620

Summary
This project will develop and implement a comprehensive territory-wide public legal education and supported service to complainants with regards to workplace sexual harassment in Yukon. The project will develop and deliver public legal education information (with a specific focus on vulnerable populations), deliver a series of in-person and online courses specifically developed for the northern cultural and legal context, and will support an online chatbot to enable anonymous documentation of evidence. The project will provide outreach to remote communities across the territory and bring together stakeholders through bi-annual conference and regional meetings.