Career Colleges Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy
As you may know, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in March 2015 An Action Plan: It’s Never Okay #WhoWillYouHelp, to stop 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 March. The bill strengthens sexual violence and harassment laws, and protects survivors and those raising sexual violence and harassment complaints.
Career Colleges Ontario (CCO) is supporting this initiative and has been working closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 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.
Career Colleges Ontario is currently reviewing its Sexual Violence and Harassment Policy Template to accommodate the changes made to Regulation 415/06.
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.
- Superintendent's memorandum - May 2016
- Bill 132
- Revised Ontario Regulation 415/06
- Fact Sheet #12: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan
- SVHAP frequently asked questions and answers
- SVHAP Webinar: "When and How to Investigate"