March 25 2021

The Conseil des arts de Montréal Publishes an Updated Version of Its Civility and Anti-Harassment Policy and a Brand-New Companion Guide

Fostering well-being, dignity, civility and respect between individuals is a core principle of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. That’s why the Conseil takes great pride in releasing the updated version of its Civility and Anti-Harassment Policy and the brand-new Companion Guide, created specifically to facilitate the Policy’s implementation. Given the importance of finding healthy ways to live together in our workplaces and communities, the Conseil urges the arts community to take advantage of these resources and adapt them according to their own needs.

With a view to broadening the vision, scope and principles of the Policy, these documents set out clear guidelines for creating a pleasant work environment, not only for its own employees and administrators, but also for all the organizations and artists that it supports.

In addition to the commitments and responsibilities taken on by the Conseil and the various stakeholders, the Policy includes, among other things, definitions of established terms, examples that help identify what does or does not constitute incivility, and the procedure for filing a complaint, from the informal steps advocated to a more formal process. A supplement to the Policy, the Companion Guide, illustrates and covers in greater detail many of the concepts presented in the Policy, including confidentiality, risk factors, various forms of harassment with concrete examples, and so on. It also lists handy resources and reference documents, such as a complaint form, a confidentiality agreement and an incident self-assessment form. 

The Conseil is confident that the updated Policy—an exercise carried out in cooperation with Cabinet RH—will provide a clear framework that reflects the organization’s values and prove useful to Montreal organizations, artists and cultural workers. The Conseil’s teams will soon take part in a training session to improve their understanding of harassment behaviours and promote a safe and respectful work environment. Since January 1, 2019, employers have been required by the Act respecting labour standards (CQLR, chapter N-1.1) to have a policy on preventing psychological harassment and handling complaints. 

The Conseil des arts de Montréal is taking action to nurture and support healthy workplaces that are free of violence and harassment. Inspired by its ethics and values of fairness and justice, the Conseil hopes these resources will contribute to establishing work environments that are creative, positive and reassuring for all.