Project aims to help out those in certain groups such as LGBTQ2+
Ottawa is helping out New Brunswick when it comes to workplace sexual harassment.
The Department of Justice of Canada will providing more than $1.94 million over five years to the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) for a project that aims to prevent workplace sexual harassment of vulnerable populations in the province.
The project involves holding consultations and completing research to support the development of tools and strategies to address workplace sexual harassment – including public education programs, workplace training resources, virtual courses and community activities.
This follows new rules that came into effect Jan. 1 for all federally regulated employers in Canada.
The resources being developed will be shared with various stakeholders across the province, including employers, employees, unions, as well as community and business organizations.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their workplace,” says David Lametti, federal minister of justice and attorney general of Canada. “I am proud to support the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick project, as it aims to address and prevent workplace sexual harassment of people in vulnerable populations such as LGBTQ2+ groups.”
The support comes more than two years after New Brunswick passed legislation to protect workers from violence and harassment by requiring all employers to develop and implement a written code of practice. New Brunswick was the last province to address workplace violence or harassment in its occupational health and safety legislation.