Canada

In 2004, Quebec became the first province to pass a law regarding workplace bullying. Its Act Respecting Labour Standards addresses psychological harassment. In 2007, Saskatchewan expanded the definition of harassment under its Occupational Health and Safety Act to include bullying. Ontario followed suit in 2009 by expanding its definition of workplace harassment under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In 2011, Manitoba made changes to its Workplace Health and Safety Act to include protection from workplace bullying.

Further, the Workers Compensation Act and the OHS Regulation hold employers accountable to addressing workplace bullying. The Act states that employers must ensure the health and safety of all workers and must furnish the information, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of workers.

Bullying and harassment is defined as, “any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated, but excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment.”

Here are some great resources:

Work Safe BC

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

 

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