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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.

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
DGC BC
Equity – Not in Our Space Campaign
ACTRA Toronto

Other Links
Fast Company Lydia Dishman Article

For Employees
Mickey Rogers Media Are You Being Harassed?

Creative Industries Organizations Adopt Code of Conduct
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.

Investors in Canada’s Creative Industries Adopt Common Guiding Principles
In April 2018, Canadian funding organizations in the creative industries, including Manitoba Film & Music, adopted common guiding principles, which will serve as a basis to ensure safe and respectful workplaces for all. See the Canada Media Fund press release.

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