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The last year has changed the Canadian film & television industry forever. In a historic gathering on November 23rd, 2017, leaders from sixteen of the most influential organizations in our sector joined together and agreed to a first-of-its-kind, industry-wide effort to take on harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence. At the same time, the Quebec District Council joined a group of more than forty organizations, associations, and labor unions present in Quebec representing each area of the cultural sector, in pursuit of the same goal.

A big part of that effort has to be changing the environment we work in on set and on site. While serious incidents should always be reported, often times, objectionable behaviour does not get the attention it should.  We when we hear or see anything unwelcome or inappropriate, everyone one of us should feel empowered to speak up and simply say “that’s so not cool”. To that end, the Directors Guild of Canada, together with our partners in the industry, is providing crew in key leadership roles with respectful workplace content aimed at integrating anti-harassment information into safety talks and safety manuals at the production level.

 

Below, you will find the Canadian creative industries Code of Conduct, now signed onto by over 30 groups, the Joint Declaration established by Quebec cultural sector organizations as well as respectful workplace content on a variety of key topics and contact information for resources available to members of major unions, guilds and associations who need assistance.

 

Anti-Harassment Initiatives

 

Code of Conduct

The Code represents a commitment by engaged stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and to ensure every workplace is one where safety, respect and professionalism are the norm.

The Code reinforces the concepts of zero tolerance, proportional consequences, consent-based interactions and no retaliation. It calls on signatories to encourage good-faith reporting and timely investigations. The Code demonstrates our commitment to action and is intended to be a living document that will be regularly informed by best practice.

The Code follows from work launched last year at a creative industries round-table collaborating on an industry-wide response to harassment, discrimination, bullying, and violence of all kinds. In addition, other industry groups are working to create more effective reporting mechanisms, and on multi-level education and training programs.

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The Joint Declaration

In the wake of allegations concerning inappropriate behaviors in the Quebec cultural sector, artists and producers associations as well as certain community stakeholders met to take stock and establish joint measures to ensure everyone creates and works safely.

 

The first step was to agree on a common declaration in favor of a workplace environment free from harassment, and to widely circulate the information to obtain the participation of the highest number of people possible.​

 

This declaration was signed by more than thirty organizations of the cultural sector on behalf of thousands of artists, artisans, producers, creators and Quebec cultural workers.

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Resources against harassment and violence in the cultural sector.

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Poster available. If you would like to promote the Code of Conduct, please contact the Quebec District Council.

 

Safety Talks

2-Minute Talks

Canadian Creative Industries
Code of Conduct
Refresher on maintaining respectful workplaces
What can you do if you see harassment?

5-Minute Talks

Introduction to Respectful Workplaces
What is harassment and what isn't harassment?
What if you experience harassment?
What can you do if you see harassment?
 

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