Creative Industries Code of Conduct
Attached you will find The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct to Prevent and
Respond to Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying and Violence. The Code represents a
commitment by engaged stakeholders to shift the culture, to prevent and respond to harassment
including sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and to ensure every
workplace is one where safety, respect and professionalism are the norm.
On November 23rd, 2017 industry stakeholders committed to zero tolerance for these harmful
behaviours and established working groups to explore the development of a Code of Conduct,
safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. Since that time, many
organizations have met with survivors, engaged in anti-harassment training exercises for staff
and members, held policy reviews and hosted focus groups to learn more and to move these
This Code of Conduct is only the first step in achieving these goals. Working together, we have
attempted to be broad in application, inclusive and specific in addressing concerns raised by the
brave people who came forward with their experiences of harassment of all kinds. We hope to
hear soon from the reporting and education working groups so our industry-wide efforts can
The Code of Conduct reinforces the concepts of zero tolerance, proportional consequences,
consent-based interactions and no retaliation. It calls on signatories to encourage good-faith
reporting and timely investigations. It better defines workplace and work-related activities and
identifies gender equality and diversity as paths to changing behaviour. The Code demonstrates
the industry’s commitment to shared action and is intended to be a living document that will be
regularly informed by best practice. The industry is pleased to take this positive step forward,
especially as we all celebrate International Women’s Day and Canadian Screen Week. We all
look forward to working in a more equal, respectful and professional creative industry.
The Canadian Creative Industries
- Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct to Prevent and Respond to Harassment,
- Discrimination, Bullying
The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct confirms our commitment to safe and
respectful workplaces and to an industry free of harassment including sexual harassment,
discrimination, bullying and violence.
Harassment can take many forms including unwanted sexual attention, inappropriate jokes or
texts, threats, and other unwelcome verbal, written, visual or physical communication or
Everyone has a responsibility to build safe and respectful workplaces.
Harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence can affect individuals at every level of the
industry. Promoting increased gender equality and diversity is one way to break down barriers
and reduce or eliminate these behaviours.
The principles espoused in this Code are applicable to all work and work-related environments.
These can include but are not limited to, auditions or casting meetings, job interviews, industry
events, festivals, awards, company functions, production studios and sets (whether local or
remote), offices and rehearsal and performance venues.
Signatories to this Code will lead by example by upholding the highest standards of respect,
encouraging the good-faith reporting of complaints concerning harassment, discrimination,
bullying and violence and cooperating in the investigation of such complaints.
In adhering to this Code of Conduct, Signatory organizations agree to take the following
steps as applicable to identify and address harassment including sexual harassment,
discrimination, bullying and violence:
● Enact policies and procedures that maintain zero tolerance for harassment,
discrimination, bullying and violence;
● Designate people in the workplace to receive complaints of harassment, discrimination,
bullying and violence;
● Provide a timely process for the investigation and resolution of complaints;
● Implement proportional consequences for violations; and
● Protect from retaliation or reprisal those individuals who in good faith allege violations of
anti-harassment, discrimination and violence policies and procedures.
In implementing the above, Signatories will take the following steps, as applicable:
● Ensure everyone in the workplace is aware of anti-harassment, discrimination and
violence policies and procedures;
● Encourage people to set and respect personal boundaries and engage in consent-based
● When work requires physical contact or scenes of nudity, intimacy or violence, adhere to
applicable respectful workplace policies and collective agreement obligations;
● Provide safe places where work may be performed for example, by not requiring
individuals to attend meetings alone or in spaces such as private hotel rooms, etc.; and
● Encourage instructors, teachers, coaches and those providing training in the industry to
adhere to this Code and share its principles with their students.
Signatories to this Code of Conduct agree to take all applicable steps to quickly address
substantiated complaints of workplace harassment including sexual harassment,
discrimination and violence. Such steps may include the following:
● Requiring remedial action such as counselling and/or training;
● Disciplinary action (as per collective agreements and individual organization, union, guild
and workplace policies) including restrictions, suspension or termination of employment
and/or membership; or
● Legal action as per applicable laws including human rights legislation.