Minister O’Regan ratifies C190, the first-ever world treaty on ending violence and harassment on the earth of labor

GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 30, 2023 /CNW/ – The Authorities of Canada is dedicated to making sure protected and wholesome workplaces free from violence and harassment.

At this time, Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan Jr. ratified Worldwide Labour Group (ILO) Conference 190, the Violence and Harassment Conference, 2019 (C190) in Geneva, Switzerland. Minister O’Regan was accompanied by Mr. Gilbert Houngbo, Director-Normal of the ILO.

C190 is the first-ever world treaty on ending violence and harassment within the office. The treaty supplies a transparent framework to ban, stop and deal with office violence and harassment. The treaty, supplemented by its accompanying Recommendation 206, which supplies tips on how C190 needs to be utilized, takes into consideration the totally different and complementary roles that governments, staff and employers, in addition to their respective organizations, can play.

Canada performed a robust management position within the improvement, adoption and development of C190. Canada chaired the Worldwide Labour Convention standard-setting committee that negotiated the Conference over 2018 and 2019, and actively participated in worldwide negotiations that led to its adoption. The Authorities of Canada subsequently labored carefully with provincial and territorial governments to ship on its dedication to ratify C190, which can apply throughout all jurisdictions.

Up to now, office violence and harassment had been usually handled in a fragmented method, or handled as both an equality concern or an occupational well being and security concern. C190 brings these parts collectively in an built-in approach, and requires violence and harassment to be prohibited, prevented and addressed in related regulation and insurance policies in addition to via collective bargaining. C190 additionally acknowledges that ladies and different weak teams of staff are disproportionately affected by violence and harassment at work and highlights the significance of making certain the precise to equality and non-discrimination in employment.

C190, together with different measures reminiscent of Bill C-65 and the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund, is one other approach the Authorities of Canada helps to make workplaces safer and extra welcoming for everybody.


“Nobody ought to face violence or harassment on the job—not in Canada, or wherever else. We’re becoming a member of nations all over the world to guard staff, and ensure they’ve the protected, respectful workplaces they deserve.” 
– Minister of Labour, Seamus O’Regan Jr.

“By ratifying Conference No. 190, Canada reaffirms its longstanding dedication to the creation of a world of labor free from violence and harassment, based mostly on dignity and respect for all and leaving nobody behind. It’s time to make that proper a actuality in all places, thereby selling and realizing social justice for all.”
– ILO Director-Normal, Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo

“FETCO helps the ratification of C190 by Canada. It is going to contribute to safer workplaces worldwide, and is a superb complement to Invoice C-65 inside the Canadian federal sector. As with all ILO conventions, what units C190 aside is that it took place by way of intensive tripartite collaboration during which all three Canadian social companions performed a significant position. It’s via tripartism that higher office options emerge.”
–President and CEO, FETCO, Derrick Hynes

Canada’s unions have fun Canada’s ratification of ILO Conference 190, a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to stop, deal with and remove violence and harassment on the earth of labor. Harassment and violence impacts seven in ten staff in Canada, and too usually, staff in Canada at present should not protected by current laws, leaving them weak and threatening their security at work. C190 is a complete and inclusive settlement that, as soon as carried out, will assist make all staff safer. Canada’s unions are able to get to work with governments and employers on a plan to swiftly implement these new protections. Collectively, we are able to construct a world of labor freed from violence and harassment, in all its varieties.”
–President, Canadian Labour Congress, Bea Bruske

Fast Details

  • In Canadian workplaces, total, a Statistics Canada study has revealed one in 4 (25%) Canadian girls and one in six (17%) Canadian males skilled office sexual harassment within the yr previous to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In line with Statistics Canada, inside the federal jurisdiction, 5.6% of workers indicated that that they had skilled some type of harassment at their office inside the earlier two years.

  • In 2021, the Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations and laws (Bill C–65) got here into power. Half II of the Canada Labour Code now supplies a single, built-in strategy to defending federally regulated workers, together with these in parliamentary workplaces, from harassment and violence within the office.

  • Since 2019, the Authorities’s Office Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund has invested $3.5 million yearly in initiatives that assist create safer workplaces for federally regulated workers.

  • Canada is a founding and energetic member of the Worldwide Labour Group, a specialised company of the United Nations.

Related Hyperlinks

C190 – Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019
C190 – Country ratifications

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SOURCE Employment and Social Improvement Canada



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