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Not in Our Space

Read our statement from January 8, 2018 condemning sexual harassment and bullying in Canadian live theatre

Announced in early 2017 with full roll-out in the fall of 2017, Not in Our Space! is a national anti-harassment and respectful workplace collaboration campaign between Equity and PACT which seeks to ensure healthy and productive working conditions for all professionals working in live performance across the country.

PACT and Equity are committed to the pursuit of safe and respectful workspaces by promoting zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment in professional Canadian theatre. This collaboration fosters awareness of the issues through education and dialogue, providing support for those who have experienced or witnessed toxic behaviours in the workplace and providing the tools necessary to prevent bullying and harassment.

As PACT and Equity continue to work on this important issue, we ask that all live performance professionals stand together to speak out against harassment and champion positive change.

We are working together, dedicating energy to cultivating and supporting harassment-free live performance workspaces throughout Canada.

The Not in Our Space! initiative’s key objectives include:

  • Defining what harassment is (and is not) and aiding in the identification of different forms of harassment
  • Stopping harassment before it starts
  • Providing key educational and information materials to theatres and artists
  • Emphasizing collective responsibility by encouraging subjects as well as witnesses to come forward when they experience or observe harassment and bullying
  • Empowering action by individuals (see Equity Support Spectrum) through multiple reporting options, including easy access to and Equity support networks
  • Supporting theatres and management in fostering a culture of zero-teolerance as well and investigation support for company management
  • Delivering ongoing education and training by both PACT and Equity

Not in Our Space! National Campaign

PACT member theatres will jointly present an anti-harassment statement on the first day of rehearsal called the First Day Talk program in conjunction with an Equity representative.

PACT, Equity and the theatres will all offer ways to support artists and theatres when there is a question about harassment in the workspace or when steps need to be taken to resolve an incident.  Equity will provide materials (brochures, bookmarks and posters) to support the theatres and their members for distribution and display. PACT will provide additional resources in the form of policy templates, information on Provincial and Federal legislative expectations, documentation needs, and training for theatres and their staff.

PACT and Equity are committed to providing avenues where advice, guidance and reporting are easily accessible to artists and theatres. We are working together, dedicating energy to cultivating and supporting the community in creating harassment-free theatre environments. We thank you in advance for your commitment in spreading the movement across the country to all PACT theatres.

Developing Respectful Workplace Policies and Procedures

Whether your company policies were developed years ago or you are in the process of developing more formal policies and procedures, it is important to review them regularly.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has an excellent guide for policy development.
The Cultural Human Resources Council has an HR Management Toolkit geared specifically towards cultural organizations.

Each province has different legislation around safe and respectful workplaces and anti-harassment/anti-bullying regulations.  Please visit the appropriate government websites below for more information as it relates to your theatre:

British Columbia

BC Human Rights Code
WorkSafe BC Resource Toolkit


Alberta Human Rights Act
Work Safe Alberta Anti-Harassment Guide
Occupational Health and Safety Act: Workplace Harassment and Violence


Saskatchewan Employment Act


Safe Work Manitoba Anti-Harassment Guide
The Manitoba Human Rights Commission: Harassment and Sexual Harassment 


Workplace Violence and Harassment: Understanding the Law
Code of Practice to Address Workplace Harassment


Educaloi Psychological Harassment in the Workplace
CNESST Psychological Harassment at Work
CNESST Labour Standards

New Brunswick

PLEIS-NB Workplace Harassment
New Brunswick Human Rights Act
Occupational Health and Safety Act (Regulation comes into effect April 2019)

Prince Edward Island

PEI Human Rights Commission
Workers Compensation Board of PEI: Guide to the Prevention of Workplace Violence

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Department of Labour
Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Resources

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Code Review
Respectful Workplace Program


Yukon Human Rights Commission

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission
Northwest Territories Anti-Harassment Guide


Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal

Not in Our Space! Materials and Resources

For additional materials, visit the Not in Our Space! page on Equity’s website.

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