“We know Ontarians want to respond to sexual violence and harassment when they see it,” says Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. “These training projects will empower frontline workers to step in and give them the tools to do so safely and effectively.”
Through a $1.7 million investment over three years, workers will be provided with the tools to intervene safely and support survivors of sexual violence and harassment. Funding will support training for frontline workers in the hospitality, health, education, and community services sectors.
“In Ontario, everyone should be free from the threat of sexual harassment at work. We are all entitled to feel safe and be safe while working, said Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.
Earlier this year, Ontario passed the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) – the Act, which was introduced in an effort to make workplaces safer and improve support for survivors, officially came into force today.
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Canada’s most populous province has put its money where its mouth is, pledging a seven-figure investment to educate employees on sexual violence and harassment intervention.