Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) – Workplace Sexual Harassment Component

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1. Overview

Funding will be available through the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP) for the development and dissemination of public legal education and information (PLEI) outreach campaigns to better inform workers about their rights and how they can access help if they have been harassed in the workplace.

The JPIP is a discretionary grants and contributions (G&C) program that funds initiatives for the purpose of assisting the Department of Justice Canada (Justice) in a number of its priority areas and supporting its goal of an accessible, efficient, and fair system of justice.

2. Objectives of the Funding

The objective of this anticipatory call for proposals is to fund projects that help to increase public awareness and knowledge around sexual harassment in the workplace, provide complainants with PLEI materials when dealing with sexual harassment at work, and hence, increase their access to justice and resolutions for their cases. The intention is to ensure that Canadians in all provinces and territories have access to information that can help them identify workplace sexual harassment and avenues of recourse and decide on their next steps.

To support this objective, the JPIP would support projects to:

  • Develop, adapt, update and disseminate PLEI resources and awareness campaign on the laws surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace and ways to access avenues of resolution when dealing with a case;
  • Launch a public education campaign to increase awareness on the issue, educate the public and empower bystanders to act when confronted with workplace sexual harassment;
  • Create PLEI and training materials for employees and employers on addressing workplace sexual harassment;
  • Develop and deliver training on workplace sexual harassment for a wide range of audiences including employers, human resources professionals, lawyers, sector specialists, unions, front line workers, etc. to ensure culturally relevant, trauma-informed and appropriate responses to complainants.
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