New Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct to Prevent and Respond to Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence

The Canadian Creative Industries released a Code of Conduct to Prevent and Respond to Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence on International Women’s Day.

The Code represents a commitment by industry leaders and stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. There are currently twenty-four (24) signatories which include ACTRA, DGC, WGC, NABET 700-M Unifor, Canada Media Union, CMPA, CBC, TIFF, Women in View, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and William F. White, with more organizations expected to sign on.

ACTRA Toronto continues to make harassment a priority.

  • ACTRA Toronto has produced a handy, wallet-sized card to empower members to recognize, report and help- prevent harassment.
  • The ACTRA Toronto Winter Members Conference held on February 21-23, 2018 included a special plenary session, The Law of Sexual Harassment. Three (3) lawyers provided information from the perspectives of human rights, labour law, civil litigation, defamation, and criminal proceedings.
  • At the ACTRA Awards in Toronto, the importance of the ongoing work to prevent harassment was a key message from President Theresa Tova.
  • The updated Respect on Set training is now mandatory for new ACTRA Toronto members.
  • ACTRA Toronto continues to work with industry stakeholders on new protocols for training, reporting and investigations.

Other Organizations

DGC has released its Respectful Workplace Audit following a national Listening Tour of its members.

SAG- AFTRA has released a Code of Conduct on Sexual Harassment based on their Four Pillars of Change Initiative.

The National Theatre School has released a Policy to Prevent Harassment and Promote a Safe Environment, with an infographic on handling complaints.

#AfterMeToo has released its Report and recommendations. In partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, they are raising funds for sexual violence support services across Canada.