Bill C-65 Harassment and Violence:
Obligations for Federally Regulated Employers

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Bill C-65: Prevention of Harassment and Violence in the Workplace

Amendments to the Canada Labour Code under Bill C-65 came into effect January 1, 2021 in a continued effort to build healthy and safe working environments where all workers are treated with respect, dignity and fairness with no tolerance for harassment and violence of any form in the workplace. The definition of harassment and violence under Bill C-65 reads:

“any action, conduct or comment, including of a sexual nature, that can reasonably be expected to cause offence, humiliation or other physical or psychological injury or illness to an employee, including any prescribed action, conduct or comment.”

Bill C-65 amendments strengthen and expand the current workplace harassment and violence prevention regulations with additional measures to help support Federal Public Service Departments in their efforts to deal with and respond to incidents of harassment and violence while continuing to protect workers and keep them safe.

In summary, new legislation under Bill C-65 requires employers to:

  • Identify risk factors that contribute to harassment and violence in the workplace;
  • Develop and implement prevention and protection measures including a Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Policy;
  • Ensure a process is in place to respond to and resolve occurrences of harassment and/or violence in a timely and transparent manner;
  • Develop harassment and violence training for all workers including their rights and responsibilities to prevent unlawful conduct in the workplace.
About HR Proactive

HR Proactive Inc. is a leading human rights consultancy firm providing workplace health and safety training throughout Canada since 1997. We specialize in Respectful Workplace training in the areas of sexual harassment, and harassment and violence prevention including policy development.

Call us today at 1.888.552.1155 or email to discuss your Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Training needs.

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Harassment and Violence Remain Pervasive

Six of every ten employees surveyed as part of the federal public consultation that helped to inform these legislative amendments reported having experienced harassment. Thirty percent (30%) said they had experienced sexual harassment, twenty-one percent (21%) reported experiencing violence, and three percent (3%) said they had experienced sexual violence. Forty-one per cent said no attempt was made to resolve an incident they reported. For those who have experienced violence or harassment and did not report the incident, fear of reprisal is often the reason cited for their silence. 

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HR Proactive Inc. has been investigating harassment and violence complaints and conducting training for decades. We have developed a wide range of resources to meet the employer’s due diligence in the area of creating and maintaining a respectful workplace. Our Respectful Workplace eLearning module can  be purchased off the shelf and customized with client Brand/Logo and Policy. The Bill C-65 harassment and violence eLearning SCORM file can be uploaded to your organization’s Learning Management Centre.