Training and Other Resources on Harassment

Cultural Human Resources Council

Workshops on Maintaining Respectful Workplaces

CHRC has engaged professional HR experts to train a select group of sector trainers from different disciplines to develop and deliver workshops on Maintaining Respectful Workplaces. Since the trainers come from different parts of the country and the sector, they bring specific expertise and knowledge to these offerings.

If you are interested in hosting one of these workshops please contact Lucie D’Aoust at We are beginning to build up a schedule that will extend from September 2019 to March 2021. For this first pilot year, a limited number of trainers’ fees is being generously covered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The workshops will be 3 hours in length and adapted to the audience, whether they be employers, workers, artists or a mixed group of 12 – 24 participants. Gathering sister organisations or members or clients for a workshop is strongly encouraged.

Tool on harassment

A new tool on Workplace Harassment and Violence in CHRC's HR Management Toolkit © focusses on the development of policies and procedures to prevent and deal with harassment in the arts. Link

Legislative Webcasts

These informative webcasts have been created to assist cultural organizations with implementing and sustaining compliance with harassment legislation by province and territory. Topics covered in the webcasts include bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, receiving a complaint/awareness of an incident, and best practices for developing policies to minimize harassment risks in the workplace. Topics also include strategies for addressing harassment, e.g., complaint resolution process or investigation process. The webcasts feature scenarios to help illustrate how policies and procedures can mitigate risk.

Quick Reference Guides

Quick Reference Guides are now available to complement, but not replace, the legislative webcasts which detail harassment legislation compliance by province and territory. They provide seven key compliance strategies and practical considerations to assist employers (including Boards of Directors and arts organizations) to meet their obligations and address workplace harassment issues as they arise.

Funding generously provided by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Training resource for artists/workers/employees

Developed by Williams HR Consulting - a 30-minute animated artist/worker/employee training resource on ‘what actions to take when experiencing/witnessing harassment’ with a questionnaire to test learner recall of key points.

Download (3 GB, .mp4)

Training Resource for Cultural Workers – Reference Guide (PDF)

Training resource for employers/boards

Developed by Williams HR Consulting - a 30-minute management training resource on ‘responding to allegations of harassment in the workplace’ with a questionnaire to test learner recall of key points.

Download (4 GB, .mp4)

Training Resource for Employers – Reference Guide (PDF)

Respectful Workplaces - Information Session

This ‘Respectful Workplace‘ information session explores reasons for increases in workplace conduct issues, the impact on the workplace, and the importance of and methods for setting conduct expectations to help employers and organizations manage, navigate and contain conduct and behaviour that could constitute harassment (sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence) in the workplace.

Download (274 MB, .mp4)

Discipline-specific Resources

Unless otherwise indicated, training resources have not been tested by CHRC and are not being recommended. They are for information.


Literary Arts


  • Anti-harassment and Anti-bullying Policy, Vancouver Symphony Society and the Musicians’ Union (Link)


  • Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC)
    • Sample policy (Link)
    • Contract Clause (Link)
    • Complaint Form (Link)

Visual Arts and Crafts

Other Canadian Resources

Please note that training resources have not been tested by CHRC and are not being recommended. They are for information.


“Read the Code” – (Link)

  • Victim Services (interactive map, human & employment rights, mental health)
  • Employer | Supervisor | Labour (tools, guides, prevention, & member services – helplines)
  • Courses (CCOHS | CCHST + only non-profit labour safety orgs. who certify OHS Committees)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Intimacy for Stage and Screen

Canada Safety Council

  • E-course Workplace Violence & Harassment (Link)

Charity Village

  • Five things you need to know about harassment investigations (Link)
  • New harassment risks for Ontario Employers (Link)

Employment and Social Development Canada

  • Harassment and sexual violence in the workplace public consultation report (2017) (Link)

Government of Ontario

  • Understand the law on workplace violence and harassment (written) (Link)

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • WorkplaceNL Harassment Prevention Guide (Link)

Ontario Human Rights Commission

  • E-Learning modules (Link
  • Guide to effective human rights training (Link)

Ontario Ministry of Labour

  • Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment (Link)

Public Services Health and Safety Association

  • Online and in-person consulting services (Link)
  • Violence in the Workplace Prevention (Link)
  • Workplace Harassment Changes to the OHSA - Bill 132 Webinar (Link)
  • Addressing Responsive Behaviours Webinar (Link)

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

  • WSIA eLearning Series for Employers (This eLearning series helps you meet your roles and responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA). It helps you better protect your business and your workers) (Link)
  • Preventing workplace violence: Bill 168 (written) (Link)

Workplace Safety and Prevention Services

  • E-training Canada Labour Code (Link)
  • E-training Violence and Harassment (Link)

Workers Health & Safety Centre

  • Workplace Violence Resources (Link)

YOW Canada

  • Workplace Violence and Harassment Training (Link)

International Resources

  • Australia’s Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) has prepared a fact sheet to help members understand their rights and how to get help (Link)
  • Dance USA - Resources on Harassment in the Workplace (Link)
  • Intimacy Directors International - Intimacy for Performance Training for Directors and Actors (Link)
  • Screen Training Ireland, Equity, SIPTU and Screen Producers Ireland – Dignity in the Workplace (Link)
  • The Irish Ministry of Culture is working with the Arts Council of Ireland to develop anti-harassment and bullying workshops for Board members and senior staff in arts organisations (Link)
  • UK Theatre - Action to support dignity at work in the theatre industry (Link)
  • Understanding the Me Too Movement: A Sexual Harassment Awareness Guide (Link)

Further Reading

  • Ontario Human Rights Commission:  Policy on Preventing Sexual and Gender-based Harassment (Link)
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission: Developing a Workplace Anti-harassment Policy (Link)
  • Canadian Actors’ Equity Association: Not in OUR Space! Equity's Respectful Workplace Campaign (Link)
  • UK Arts Professional survey report: Sexual harassment in the arts – is enough being done? (Link)
  • UK Actors’ Equity – Agenda for Change (Link)
  • Workforce article: Harassment Training Is about Creating a Culture, Not Checking a Box (Link)