Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment legislation

New legislation defining workplace sexual harassment — Bill 132 — receives Royal Assent
By Norm Keith and Kathy Chandler
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

On March 8, 2016, the Ontario government passed Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015. The legislation will amend various statutes, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters — and employers should take notice.

The legislation is an important part of It’s Never Okay,” the province’s three-year action plan to help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors who come forward, and make workplaces, communities and school campuses safer and more responsive to incidents and complaints about sexual violence and harassment.

Amendments to Ontario OHSA