Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Background and purpose Sexual harassment is still a very real issue in many Canadian workplaces. From front-line employees to CEOs, workers of various levels are often unaware that their behaviours or comments could be considered sexual harassment, or worse, they are aware and are actively choosing to behave inappropriately.

The Supreme Court of Canada has indicated that management is responsible, and therefore liable, for sexual harassment and sex discrimination that occurs in the workplace. The purpose of the Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is to educate employees and managers about what constitutes sexual harassment, how to avoid it, and how to respond when it happens, all within a Canadian context.

For whom this program is designed The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course has been designed for companies and/or individual employees seeking education and information about sexual harassment in the workplace within a Canadian setting. While the course is beneficial to those in supervisory or management positions, it is also designed to benefit non-supervisory employees.

The goal of the course is to educate organizations on basic and advanced topics related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination in order to address existing issues and prevent further harm to employees across levels. The program is delivered completely online and is self-paced, allowing employers to use the program as soon as they require its resources.

Program Description

The program is divided into four modules:

Module 1: The Basics of Sexual Harassment

Module 2: More Advanced Sexual Harassment and Sex Discrimination

Module 3: Taking Action

Module 4: More Formal Approaches

Topics range from basic definitions and application of sexual harassment in Canadian workplaces, to advanced topics that discuss addressing inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination.

At the end of the program, participants will have a firm understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace, and the importance of addressing and preventing it.

Target Learners:

The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is designed to be applicable to a variety of learners seeking to gain more knowledge surrounding Canadian laws and processes, including:

  • Employees across levels, from managers and supervisors to front-line workers
  • Human Resources staff, particularly those new to an HR role or those within smaller organizations
  • Employees seeking to improve their skills and advance their careers
  • Employees or managers who have been mandated, either by their employer or by legal settlement, to complete a course of this nature

Benefits of Online Learning:

The Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work course is offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the learner with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Additional benefits to online learning include:

Availability: the online campus is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.

Online courses provide instruction that can be delivered ‘just in time’ – – when particular knowledge or skills are required to complete a work task, or required to address workplace issues

Everything you need to accomplish the teaching-learning objectives is provided via internet delivery.

Substantial savings in training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity, are offered through online learning.

The open registration format of the CE Modules frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules.

Tuition Fees

Tuition (in Canadian dollars) is as follows:

Individual: $349.00 CAD
Group, 10-50: $310.00 CAD per person
Group, 51-100: $260.00 CAD per person

Register Now

To register for the course, fill out our Online Application Form. A Student Services representative will then be in touch with the required next steps.

About the Course Developer

Stephen Hammond’s expertise is about improving workplace behaviours. He is a professional speaker delivering training and keynotes speeches, predominantly for workplace leaders, regarding harassment, bullying, discrimination and the changing face of Canada.

Since 1992 Stephen has rescued organizations from workplace disasters and has strongly encouraged workplace leaders to change with the times, even if they are perplexed, overwhelmed and reluctant to act. While Stephen is a lawyer by trade and still a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, he no longer practices law. He holds a professional designation with the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), is a past-Chair of their National Ethics Committee, and holds the designation of CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. Stephen is the author of two books: Managing Human Rights at Work: 101 practical tips to prevent human rights disasters and Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 human rights celebrations and tragedies that inspired Canada and the world. He’s also written a training manual called Respectful Workplace in a Box. Stephen’s goal is to support welcoming workplaces.


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