Workplace Sexual Violence and Harassment

Owning the Problem and Sharing the Solution

PSHSA quickly responded to Bill 132 taking a lead role in developing eLearning, webinars and consulting tools geared to help employers understand resulting changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


Bill 132 amends various existing OHSA statues with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment and domestic violence. As a result, we have been working with employers to update their workplace harassment policies, programs and investigation procedures.


All employees are entitled to a safe and healthy workplace, free from sexual violence and harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace can undermine dignity. It can prevent people from doing their jobs effectively, keep them from reaching full potential, and compromise their ability to earn a living. This harassment, left unchecked, also has the potential to escalate into violent behaviour.


Workers in Ontario deserve safer Workplaces, so the following steps have been taken:

  • The introduction of legislation to strengthen the Occupational Health and Safety Act to include a definition of sexual harassment. The legislation includes  requirements for employers to investigate and address workplace harassment, including sexual harassment complaints, and includes an obligation for employers to make every reasonable effort to protect workers.
  • The creation of a new Code of Practice for employers under the Act with steps employers can take to comply with the law and assist employers in making their workplaces safer.
  • A special enforcement team of inspectors trained to address complaints of workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, and enforce the Act’s harassment provisions.
  • The development of educational materials to help employers create a safer workplace.

Workplace Harassment eLearning

Workplace Harassment eLearning


This PSHSA eLearning module provides an overview of existing statutory requirements for workplace violence and harassment under OHSA and the extended obligations arising from legislative changes.


Workplace Harassment Code of Conduct


View our FREE Webinar on Workplace Harassment Changes to the OHSA – Bill 132.


This webinar will provide you with information on what has changed in the OHSA and what you, as an employer in Ontario, need to know so you can achieve compliance.


Also, watch our video on the Workplace Harassment Code of Conduct.

PSHSA Workplace Harassment webinar and eLearning module

A helpful guide on understanding the law on Workplace Violence and Harassment


This guide explains what every worker, supervisor and employer needs to know about workplace violence and workplace harassment requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). It describes everyone’s rights and responsibilities and answers, in plain language, the questions that are most commonly asked about these requirements.


For more information on developing your harassment program or to learn what to do if you are being harassed at work.

Tips to Help Employers Meet New Requirements under Bill 132


  • Enhance your policy and program to include the expanded definition
  • Consult with your JHSC or HSR when developing your program
  • Revise your reporting and investigation process to meet the new requirements
  • Ensure all staff are aware of the changes
  • Equip managers/ supervisors with tools to respond to a complaint

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4 in 5 Canadians who say they had unwanted experiences did not report this behaviour to their employers. 

28% of Canadians say they have been on the receiving end of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours or sexually charged talk while on the job.

Sexual assault victimization rates are 5 times higher for women under the age of 35.

50% of workplace harassment victims suffer mental health related problems.

1 in 3 women in Canada will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime.

$3 million from Innovation Fund by Ontario will support new creative projects to enhance community support for survivors of sexual violence.
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