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 request to host a workshop. The workshops will be 3.5 to 4 hours in length and beneficial to all audiences, whether they be employers, workers, artists or a mixed group of 8 – 24 participants. Gathering sister organisations or members or clients for a workshop is strongly encouraged.

Numerous Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) workshops on the way!

Canadian Heritage and CHRC are offering Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshops to encourage better workplace practices and behaviours. The workshops cover information on Provincial and Territorial legislation, definitions of harassment and bullying as well as case-studies to navigate the complexities of problematic situations. These workshops are not legal nor therapy clinics, they are conversations facilitated by experienced cultural sector leaders. Resources are discussed to help individuals and organizations towards contributing to better work environments and/or to develop their own policies/codes of conduct.

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to offer Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) workshops into 2022!

Over the next few weeks, CHRC is hosting open-registration workshops by time zone. The workshops are 4-hours in length (includes a 30-minute lunch break and other shorter breaks).

The workshops are intended for non-profit organizations and cultural workers in any of the cultural disciplines or industries: managers, administrators, technical personnel, Board members, volunteers and, obviously, artists. 

Sign up via Eventbrite by clicking on the links below. Organizations and individuals may reserve up to 8 “spots” in the workshop. PARTICIPATION IS FREE however, if you reserve, we kindly request that you mark your calendar and attend. Workshops are limited to a total of 90 participants. The CHRC-led workshop calendar appears below.

Organizations that can bring together anywhere between 8 and 90 participants are invited to request to host a workshop.

Renewed thanks to Canadian Heritage for the funding support!

RWA workshop agenda

  • Intro, ice-breaker
  • Background to RWA
  • Objectives, guidelines and disclaimers
  • Presentations and discussions on behaviour
  • Provincial and territorial legislation discussion and definitions re: harassment and bullying
  • Break
  • Working towards Respectful workplaces
  • Case-studies

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)

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)

  • An Alberta-Based Sexual Harassment Resource Hub (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)

L'ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés

  • Qu’en est-il des obligations de nos dirigeants en matière de harcèlement lorsque la gestion à distance s’impose? (Link) (content only available in French)

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).