Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Coalition
In early 2019, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Saskatoon-Industry Education-Council, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, CREATE Justice, College of Law – U of S, and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to apply for a Federal grant to combat sexual harassment in Saskatchewan workplaces.
Recently the Federal Government awarded funding for the proposed 5-year project in the amount of $1.6M. These funds will be used to develop a province-wide, multi-tiered strategy to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This strategy will be designed and implemented by the coalition and aims to dispel the myths and misinformation surrounding sexual harassment, train employees and employers, increase public awareness, and provide access to employment counselling for people in Saskatchewan who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
As part of the project, the coalition will provide relevant, ready-to-use training resources for employees, employers and business leaders in-person and through webinars. Evidence-based tool kits will be developed and promoted at face-to-face community outreach events including workshops, seminars and symposia. Within workplace settings, the public education project will not only support those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, but also: those employees who have witnessed sexual harassment; managers and employers; those preparing to enter the workplace; business advocacy organizations; and community and municipal advocacy organizations.