Apr 25, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says arts and culture organizations are going to be required to commit in writing – to providing a workplace that is free of harassment and sexual misconduct – if they want to get federal funding.

Joly says the move is part of the Liberal government’s commitment to battling sexual harassment – in the wake of the TimesUp and MeToo movements.

Changes will be made to funding agreements, application forms and approval letters –  for any funding coming from the Heritage Department and the Canada Council of the Arts – that will require recipients to commit to providing a harassment-free workplace.

And any artist or organization that is found to have broken that commitment – would be subject to a review process – that could result in a loss of grant funding.

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