New partnership to address harassment in STEM workplaces

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is taking part in a collaboration with WomanACT and the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) to launch a new training program to help employers prevent and respond to sexual harassment.

The Safe STEM Workplaces project is funded by the federal government and aims to create a respectful and safe workplace environment in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and trade sectors.

As part of the project, a new micro-lesson training series will be available to CCA member firms across Canada.

The free training program, which was developed by WomanACT and SCWIST with support from CCA, will help employers and employees take steps to prevent and respond to sexual harassment.

The training series includes essential concepts, practical strategies, and actionable steps on how to establish and sustain a positive and inclusive workplace culture, as well as how to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment.

Upon completion of the training program, participants will receive a certificate.

Harmy Mendoza, executive director of WomanACT, said: “Our partnership for the micro-lesson training series with CCA signifies more than collaboration; it signifies our shared commitment to reshape workplaces. We’re writing a story where harassment has no place, and equality and respect thrive.”

Mary Van Buren, CCA president, said: “The construction sector continues to invest in an inclusive and respectful workplace. We are delighted to offer this training to our member firms through our integrated partner associations across Canada.”

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