Workplace Sexual Harassment Project
It isn't easy to talk about sexual harassment. We can help shift the conversation to equip and empower employers and employees to prevent and address sexual harassment at work through training tailored to specific industries.
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The goal of shift is to address and prevent sexual harassment in Island workplaces through awareness, education and training that is tailored for employers, employees, high school students and the general public.
The shift project offers lively virtual (Zoom) or in-person training sessions for management and staff.
- Prevention: A Manager's Toolkit (30-45 minutes) An introduction to the causes, impact, and how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace
- Investigation (30-45 minutes) An introduction to setting up and executing investigation procedures
- The Big Picture (60-90 minutes) An interactive workshop that takes a deeper look into the causes and impacts of WSH. A chance to explore prevention options and solutions using real life scenarios
- Let's Talk (60-90 minutes) An interactive workshop that explores requirements and responsibilities when it comes to policy and procedures that address workplace sexual harassment. Examples and best practices for receiving complaints, addressing potential pitfalls, investigating complaints (formal and informal processes) and considerations for restoring a safe and productive workplace after harm has happened.
Tailor-made training based on employers procedures that include:
- Rights and Responsibilities of Employees and Employers Understanding the obligations and contributions each have to ensuring safe workplaces
- Workplace Safety: Defining workplace sexual harassment and how to create a respectful and safe workplace culture
- Bystander Intervention: Interrupting Harm; Planning ahead for options if you witness workplace sexual harassment
- M.A.P: Management Alert Program designed to deal quickly and efficiently with harassing customers and keep staff safe.
This project is funded by the Department of Justice Canada and is currently able to offer training and resources at no cost to participants.
Email Laura K. Bird, shift Project Manager, or call her at 902-368-4180 for more information or to book a session.
Resources will be updated as they become available. Bookmark this page to check back and see what is new.
Resources to help create your Policy and Procedures:
- Workers Compensation Board of PEI has an easy-to-follow guide, specific to PEI, with Policy and Procedure templates to address harassment in the workplace:
- PEIHRC have created a companion piece related to sexual harassment policy and procedure considerations.
- Canadian Human Rights Commission Anti-Harassment Policies for the Workplace: An Employer's Guide.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission has a comprehensive policy on preventing sexual and gender-based harassment.
- Virtual classroom training videos, including creating Safer Spaces.
PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre: Information, support and therapy for survivors of recent and historic sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. They also manage Men Matter, a group program for adult male survivors of sexual abuse.
UPEI Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office: For students, staff and faculty of the University of Prince Edward Island.
The Government of PEI maintains a detailed inventory of counselling resources for survivors of sexual abuse/assault, sorted by county and services available.
“I didn’t mean anything...”
Lack of intent is not a defence for sexual harassment.
It is the impact on the target and not the intent that matters.