The federal government is giving the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission and the Community Legal Information Association of PEI $1.7 million over five years for a public awareness campaign on workplace sexual harassment.

The campaign, which will be aimed at employers and employees, will include training designed for employers to support the prevention and identification of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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“The PEI Human Rights Commission is very pleased to receive support from Department of Justice Canada to increase our capacity to address sexual harassment in the workplace,” said Brenda J. Picard, executive director of the PEI Human Rights Commission, in a press release. “We look forward to working with local businesses to design programs of prevention and resolution of situations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Creating and restoring safe and healthy workplaces, free of sexual harassment, is beneficial to all employees and the business itself.”

The CLIA of PEI project will provide a free legal advice program for victims of workplace sexual harassment. Alongside the PEI Human Rights Commission, the association will also develop a public legal education campaign for employers and employees.

“The Community Legal Information Association of PEI has been a reliable source of legal information for Islanders for 35 years,” said Ellen Mullally, executive director of CLIA of PEI. “We are very pleased to partner with the PEI Human Rights Commission and Justice Canada to bring practical support to those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.”

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