Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplace Initiative

On Screen Manitoba and the Manitoba media production industry has taken on a Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplace initiative. This will include dialogue between IATSE, ACTRA, DGC, Film Training Manitoba, On Screen Manitoba, producers, productions and production companies.

The Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplace initiative aims to create a respectful workplace where those who are subject to harassment can feel free to report without fear of retribution.

Employers and employees will come together to compile resources, establish and define best practices, and develop a positive culture.

Workplace Safety and Health Act and Regulation requires that an employer must develop, implement and post a written policy to prevent harassment in the workplace. (see Workplace Safety and Health Act Part 10 – Harassment)

Unions and Guilds in Manitoba address Discrimination and Harassment to varying degrees in their Collective Agreements and Contracts. Harassment Prevention/Respectful Workplace Policies are the responsibility of the employer.

While many production companies and productions in Manitoba have developed policies, there are still some that have not.

SAFE Work has developed a Sample Harassment Prevention Policy that can be used to write a policy for your production office, production or other workplace.

A Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplace Policy is the first step in promoting a positive culture in the workplace.

Some notes on an a Harassment Prevention Policy

You will need to identify a person or persons that the complainant can report to:
– In a production company this could be the designated HR person, a manager, a designated employee or member of the safety committee if there is one. It is helpful to have more than one designated person.
– On a production, this could be a producer, production manager, AD, crew rep, or other designated employee or member of the Safety Committee, if there is one. It is helpful to have more than one designated person.

Employers must post a copy of the Harassment Prevention Policy in a prominent place in the workplace.
– Keep in mind that on a Production workplaces are not always in enclosed buildings. Your policy could be posted in Production vehicles, in trailers, at Craft Services areas and in lunch rooms, green rooms and background holding areas.

Harassment Prevention and Respectful Workplace Sources, Resources and Links

Part 10 of Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation, M.R. 217/2006, requires employers to develop, implement and post a written harassment prevention policy in consultation with the workplace safety and health committee or representative. If there is no committee or representative, the employees at the workplace should be consulted.

SAFE Work Manitoba
SAFE Work Manitoba Guide – Preventing Harassment in the Workplace
SAFE Work – Sample Harassment Prevention Policy
SAFE Work – Harassment and Violence Prevention Workshop (check the calendar for workshop details)
SAFE Work – Other resources

Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation
Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulation

Manitoba Human Rights Code
Manitoba Human Rights Code Harassment is addressed in Section 19

Canadian Human Rights Commission
Canadian Human Rights Commission
What is Harassment
Anti-harassment policies for the workplace: An Employers Guide 

Canada Labour Code
Canada Labour Code
Sexual Harassment is addressed in Section 247 

Other links
IATSE Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry
Film Training Manitoba
DGC National
Equity – Not in Our Space Campaign
ACTRA Toronto


Fast Company
Lydia Dishman Article

NOW Toronto
Sarah Polley in Now Toronto article – September 6, 2017

Mickey Rogers Media
Are You Being Harassed?

Arts agencies without ‘best practices’ to address harassment could risk federal funding, minister says

The Globe & Mail
Canadian film, TV leaders to meet about industry’s ‘prevalent’ sexual harassment (October 31, 2017)
#AfterMeToo and The Globe to team up for event on sexual misconduct (November 16, 2017)
ACTRA says it’s expediting sexual-harassment complaints processes (December 1, 2017)

Sexual Assault Symposium – Toronto – December 5-6
As part of the #AfterMeToo initiative, industry members held a symposium on sexual assault at The Globe and Mail office in Toronto December 5-6, 2017 supported by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and TIFF. The first day featured roundtable discussions with industry professionals with the goal to create solutions for harrassment and abuse in media production industry workplaces. The second day was open to the public, presenting findings from the roundtable and an open Q&A. The event was filmed and a report will be written and made available online. See #AfterMeToo: Inside The Globe’s roundtables on ending sexual misconduct in the film industry to watch videos from the conference.

In March 2018, twenty-four industry organizations in Canada’s creative industries adopted a new code of conduct to define appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, reinforce reporting systems and conduct education and training campaigns. On Screen Manitoba is working with local industry stakeholders (ACTRA, DGC, IATSE 856, FTM, producers and production companies) to develop materials and enhance harassment prevention and a respectful workplace protocols for the Manitoba media production industry.
Canada’s creative industries adopt new code of conduct on sexual harassment (March 8, 2018)

The National Post
TIFF to host panel discussion on tackling sexual harassment (November 16, 2017)

The Toronto Star
TIFF to host panel on sexual harassment and abuse in the film industry (November 16, 2017)

TIFF to host panel discussion on how to combat sexual harassment (November 16, 2017)

Playback (paywall)
Screen industry members launch sexual assault symposium (November 16, 2017)
Canadian industry commits to ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to harassment (November 24, 2017)
WFF ’17: Women’s voices rise to the top (December 4, 2017)
After #MeToo, how will the industry respond? (December 4, 2017)
DGC to launch anti-harassment audit (December 14, 2017)

Vancouver Sun
Code of conduct coming for union actors and workers in B.C. (November 26, 2017)


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