Yesterday the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage announced some important new measures to promote healthy, respectful and harassment-free work environments in the arts sector. Their commitment includes resources to help the arts sector build capacity to deal with issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct and provide respectful workplaces. They are partnering with the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) to deliver these tools and training.
In addition to this financial support the CAC and Canadian Heritage have made important changes to promote workplace integrity in recipient organizations. Changes to funding agreements, application forms, approval letters and application guidelines are in the works to remind recipients of their commitment to workplace integrity.