Training and Other Resources on Harassment

Cultural Human Resources Council

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

Quick Reference Guides

Quick Reference Guides are now available to assist cultural organizations with implementing and sustaining compliance with harassment legislation by province and territory. These handy Guides supplement the webcasts which detail harassment legislation compliance by province and territory (still under production).  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. Note that the Quick Reference Guides and Webcasts are complementary and do not replicate the same information.

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. Soon to be released.

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)