Nearly half of women and three in 10 men in Canada have reported experiencing some form of harassment or sexual assault in the workplace, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

The figures are 47 per cent of women and 31 per cent of men, according to the survey conducted in 2020, an increase from a 2018 report by the agency on harassment in Canadian workplaces. At that time, 19 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men said they had been harassed at work.

The data for the 2020 report came from the Gender Results Framework, a tool first introduced by the federal government to track the progress of gender equality in Canada, and surveyed Canadians in 2020, with 12,138 people having responded. The survey included people 15 years of age and older in the workforce who live in Canada’s 10 provinces.

Among those surveyed, inappropriate sexualized behaviour in the workplace was the most prominent type of harassment experienced with 44 per cent of women and 29 per cent of men reporting such incidents. Another 20 per cent of women and nine per cent of men described discriminatory behaviours, with 13 per cent of women and three per cent of men reporting sexual assaults.


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