Violence and Harassment Prevention

Violence and Harassment at Work.  Here is what you need to know!


What is violence as defined by Workplace Safety & Health Legislation?

Violence means:

  1. The attempted or actual exercise of physical force against a person; and
  2. Any threatening statement or behaviour that gives a person reasonable cause to elieve that physical force will be used against the person.


If you experience or view an act of violence as defined by the act, you must report it.

An act of violence is NOT an accident.

What is harassment?

Harassment includes:

  1. Discriminatory harassment based on any of the prohibited grounds (Race, ancestry, religion, gender/sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, source of income, age, sexual orientation, ethnic/national origin or citizenship, family status, political belief, physical size or weight).
  2. Sexual harassment
  3. Personal harassment and psychological harassment.

EVERY worker is entitled to work free of harassment! Intent is irrelevant- it is the effect that is important.


Call the WSD’s WPS&H Intake Line (SHARP Line) at 204-789-0492 or click here to report violence, harassment, or any other workplace safety and health concern.
You must log into the WSD portal to fill in the online form.  Download the form and email completed forms to

Contact the WTA office for further assistance in reporting and dealing with harassment or violence at work.