Understanding and Implementing Bill C-65 – Feb 9 to Feb 11, 2021

Understanding and Implementing Bill C-65: Addressing Harassment and Violence in Federally Regulated Workplaces

With the dawn of the new year, federally regulated workplaces across the country became subject to significant new harassment and violence legislation. While updated workplace policies had to be in place by the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2021, employers and their union partners now face the difficult task of implementing those policies in a way that complies with the extensive new regulations. This session, led by nationally recognized experts Blaine Donais and Michelle Phaneuf of the Workplace Fairness Institute and experienced legal counsel, will provide workplace parties with the guidance they need to prevent and respond to workplace violence and harassment in accordance with their new legal obligations. The session will also address providing support to those adversely affected by violence and/or harassment.

Participants who complete this program will leave prepared to

  • Assess the adequacy of their workplace harassment and violence policies and dispute resolution procedures
  • Promote a collaborative union-management approach – or in non-unionized workplaces a collaborative worker-management approach – to these issues, as required by law
  • Appreciate the role of Policy and Health and Safety Committees in preventing and responding to workplace harassment and violence
  • Ensure appropriate workplace assessments are performed before the July 1, 2021 deadline
  • Identify competent investigators and appropriate investigative approaches
  • Make sure employees receive appropriate anti-harassment and violence training before the legally mandated deadlines
  • Promote trauma informed approaches in their workplaces

In support of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Workplace Fairness Institute and Lancaster House are hosting this Skills Training session online.



Blaine Donais, President and Founder Workplace Fairness Institute

Michelle Phaneuf, Partner Workplace Fairness West

Caroline Richard, Employer Counsel Bird Richard

Alison McEwan, Union Counsel, Raven, Cameron, Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP