As of January 1, 2017, all Ontario career colleges are required to maintain a sexual violence policy template. To prepare career colleges for the responsibilities entailed in this new legislation, Career Colleges Ontario offers a sexual violence and harassment webinar “When and How to Investigate“. Purchase of this webinar includes an mp4 recording of the event and a copy of CCO’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy Template.
In March, 2015, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence to eliminate sexual violence and harassment in Ontario’s communities, workplaces and campuses.
In October 2015, the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues unveiled Bill 132, which delivers on many of the promises Premiere Wynne made in earlier that year. The bill strengthens sexual violence and harassment laws, and protects survivors and those raising sexual violence and harassment complaints.
Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) supports this initiative and continues to work closely with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to help career colleges and their students create a work and educational environment free from sexual violence or sexual harassment.
To that end, CCO has developed the Career College Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy Template. This template is to serve as a sexual violence and sexual harassment policy guideline for career colleges, and may be adopted as is or incorporated into existing career college sexual violence and sexual harassment policies.
On May 13, 2016, the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges distributed a memorandum to all registered career colleges in Ontario regarding the newly passed Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act.
In this update, the Superintendent announced that, as a result of the passing of Bill 132, amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06 of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, have now been approved and will come into force January 1, 2017.
CCO continues to play an active role in the effort to end sexual violence and harassment in Ontario and is currently a key member of the SVHAP Reporting Advisory Committee.
As part of the amendments to the legislation, private career colleges are required to:
- Participate in a student campus climate survey on sexual violence
- Report to government on sexual violence that students formally report to institutions and on supports available
CCO has also created a public resource centre where we will post information that we receive from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on this initiative.
September 2015 Addendum to the Superintendent’s Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
October 2015 Superintendent’s memorandum on the revised Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
Mathews Dinsdale & Clark LLP has provided a brief overview of the recently proposed changes to workplace harassment laws in their article, “Significant Changes to Workplace Harassment Laws on the Horizon for Ontario“. The views and opinions expressed in the article are that of its publisher’s and are not necessarily that of Career Colleges Ontario.
At the 2015 Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the launch of the latest campaign to tackle sexual violence and harassment. The ad depicts situations in which some Ontarians may fail to recognize as sexual harassment–from sexual harassment on the job, to expected sexual favours after a date. The anti-sexual harassment advertisement will appear on television starting November 23, 2015. Follow the link for more information and promotional material.
On January 22, 2016, CCO’s CEO Sharon Maloney made a presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy with respect to Bill 132 – the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act – and specifically the proposed amendments to the Private Career Colleges Act.