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20 Ontario legal clinics get $3.7 million to help fight workplace sexual harassment

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 1:53 PM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on July 23 announced funding for The Help and Legal Centre of Northumberland, Ont. This federal investment of $3,747,000 supports 20 legal clinics in Eastern, Northern and Southwestern Ontario. Together they will take a co-ordinated approach to the development and delivery of legal information and advice to individuals as well as public legal education on sexual harassment in the workplace.

According to Justice Canada’s press release, the work of these clinics will improve access to justice for individuals who experience sexual harassment in their workplace by educating vulnerable people on their legal rights in regards to sexual harassment in the workplace.

The funding announcement is part of the Budget 2018’s $50 million over five years of funding to address sexual harassment. Of this amount, $25 million is dedicated to organizations so that they can increase their ability to provide legal advice and information to support complainants of sexual harassment in the workplace. Another $25 million is dedicated to organizations to enable them to provide public legal education and information to workers. Through both initiatives, the government of Canada is helping organizations assist victims and take a stand against sexual harassment in the workplace.

David Lametti

Justice Minister David Lametti

“Everyone should have the right to a workplace free of sexual harassment,” said Justice Minister David Lametti. “It is essential that we increase support for victims of workplace sexual harassment and access to justice across Ontario and across Canada. I am proud that our government’s support will empower these 20 legal clinics, to make a substantial difference in the lives of individuals who experience sexual harassment in their workplace.”

“The 20 Ontario Community Legal Clinics involved in this project are very pleased to be selected to deliver this important program, which seeks to ensure a safe workspace for all workers. Community Legal Clinics are uniquely situated to be able to carry out this vital work. First, they have expertise in developing and delivering public legal education and information and in giving legal advice. And second, Community Legal Clinics are locally based, and as such, they can tailor their materials and delivery towards workers, workplaces and the types of employment that are found in their own community,” said Lois Cromarty, executive director of The Help and Legal Centre of Norththumberland.

Photo of Justice Minister David Lametti by Roy Grogan