Apr 25, 2018
By Michael Kramer
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.