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Cultural Human Resources Council

Welcome to the
CHRC Newsletter
November 2018

In this issue!

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts continues to advance the conversation that takes us beyond harassment of any kind in the arts. Check out the ads and short video that have been created for easy use by arts organizations to support and promote its message:

In the past few weeks the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts website was launched as a gathering place for resources, information and tools to deal with harassment in the arts. And CHRC released its new HR tool on Workplace Harassment and Violence (free download) to guide Boards, employers and supervisors in the development of policies and procedures to deal with harassment, including investigations.

The Respectful Workplaces in the Arts Coordinating Committee (CC) (link) met in early fall to receive updates on and give guidance to several initiatives that are underway. They heard from consultants Jeanne Lesage of LeSageArts Management and Laura Williams of Williams HR:

  • Jeanne Lesage reported on her research on existing mechanisms for victims to report cases of harassment, and for employers to investigate them; and on possible recommendations for appropriate reporting and investigating mechanisms for the arts. She is currently undertaking many interviews with leaders from across the performing, literary and visual arts as part of her primary research. Her report will be out at the end of the year.
  • Laura Williams reported on her team’s development of training videos for employers and artists/workers to address harassment in the workplace; and webcasts to explain the different provincial and territorial legislation governing harassment. Both the videos and the webcasts will be available in early 2019.

The CC also heard about the consultations with equity-seeking groups that CHRC is setting up across the country, to get feedback on:

  • a draft code of conduct for the live performing arts
  • training needs and resources on harassment
    reporting and investigating mechanisms in cases of harassment

In order to ensure that these consultations are providing safe spaces for the participants to meet and express themselves, CHRC has engaged local coordinators to organize them (responsibilities include logistics, sending out invitations and note taking); and local trained facilitators to lead them. CHRC will receive the comments from the sessions and deliver the feedback to the CC’s Working Groups on Code of Conduct, Training Resources, and Reporting and Investigating Mechanisms respectively, to inform their discussions.

Early feedback:
“Thanks so much for the opportunity
to assist with this exciting process!”

“The consultation went very well!”

The consultations are being held in English and in French in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax.

Talent to Lead T2L Year 3

The English and French Selection Committees for Talent to Lead (T2L) met in October to identify 20 cultural leaders from Indigenous, racialized and official language minority communities across Canada to participate in the program. They were very encouraged by the quality of the candidates who sent in applications from coast to coast to coast. 8 francophone and 12 anglophone participants have been selected, hailing from across the country.

The next step is to identify mentors for these T2L participants, and to set up the mentorship teams. The first webinar will happen in early December and the programme will run for 8 months.

As well as the mentorships and webinar training, this year there will be regional gatherings in late winter in 5 cities to bring together participants from the three cohorts for a one-day learning exchange. The learning exchange will include training on harassment and an opportunity to discuss key issues impacting the sector today. The discussions will form the basis for a white paper on the topic “Cultural Leadership – A Perspective from the Field of Mid-Career Managers”.

The T2L year 3 is generously funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Metcalf Foundation.

Labour Market Information Study of the Cultural Labour Force 2019

Labour Market Study

The Labour Market Study of the Cultural Labour Force is well underway, with generous funding from Employment and Social Development Canada.

We remind our members and colleagues that a study as extensive as this LMI is not done often – this is only the second time that the cultural labour force has been the focus of such research and analysis. The sector, and government and private sector partners and funders will draw on the Study’s data, conclusions and recommendations for years after its release to develop strategies, programmes, policies etc. that will shape and guide cultural activity in Canada.  Let’s not miss this opportunity to validate the Study with our responses.

Since the August launch, the Conference Board of Canada has been reviewing and assembling the most recent labour market information for the cultural sector (e.g. from National and Provincial Cultural Satellite Accounts, various financial performance surveys covering cultural industries, business registry from Statistics Canada, and labour profiles of culture sector employees); and it is preparing questions for its primary research which will be conducted through surveys, interviews and focus groups. A very important feature of the Study is that it will include insights into trends and forecasts, based on analysis of data and interviews with many sector leaders.

Meanwhile, CHRC has convened both the LMI Steering Committee and the LMI Advisory Committee to review the survey questions and to help with their distribution networks.

There will be 2 surveys: one for employers and one for individuals. They will be distributed widely throughout the sector in mid-November. We encourage employers, artists and cultural workers to take the 10 to 15 minutes needed to complete the survey, to ensure that the findings are comprehensive and balanced, and reflect the realities of our sector.

Arts Day on the Hill

Arts Day on the Hill

CHRC was one of the many participants in Arts Day on the Hill this year.

From start to finish it was a very carefully choreographed and well-orchestrated event! The Canadian Arts Coalition, co-chaired by Frédéric Julien and Kate Cornell, ensured that participants had webinar training, background documents, speaking notes, agendas with clear ‘asks’, and meetings with MPs and Senators throughout the day. The Hill was covered! Participants settled in between meetings to regroup and grab a cappuccino at the NAC atrium control centre. They wound down at the end of the day at a reception where, as well as mingling and debriefing, they heard from Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and from Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of theNational Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts Indigenous Theatre.

Kudos to the Arts Day organizers! Kudos to all who joined forces on the Hill that Day!

Not-for-profit Good Pension News in Ontario!

Ontario Nonprofit NetworkThe Board of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has been working for several years on the issue of the accessibility of pension plans for not-for-profit organizations. A plan has finally emerged on the horizon through OpTrust. Visit for more details.

From the Toronto Star, September 24, 2018…

As many as one million Ontarians who work for registered charities and non-profit organizations will be eligible to join the provincial government pension plan under an agreement being announced Monday.

The Ontario Nonprofit Network, which advocates on behalf of the province’s 58,000 charities and non-profits, is recommending OPTrust as the sector’s first defined-benefit pension provider.

Policy analyst Teshini Harrison, left, and executive director Cathy Taylor of the Ontario Nonprofit Network said the new OPTrust Select plan will provide security for the next generation of non-profit workers in the province. 

The new OPTrust Select plan will be available to every registered charity and non-profit in Ontario, whether it has one employee or hundreds, said the network’s executive director, Cathy Taylor.

Everything from non-profit arts and culture organizations, daycares, sports and recreation facilities to health and social service providers will be invited to participate.

“Hardly anyone in the sector has benefits or pensions, and our research has found this has become a significant recruitment and retention issue,” she said. “So this is a really exciting development that will help to create decent work and encourage the next generation of workers to build careers in the sector.”

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Featured Organisation Plus Member

BC Producers' Branch of the CMPA

BC Producers' Branch of the CMPA is a non-profit trade organization that works on behalf of over 75 British Columbia companies engaged in the production and distribution of television, feature film, and digital media content.

Executive Director: Susan Annis

Project Managers:

Lucie D'Aoust (Respectful Workplaces in the Arts and YCW)
Annalee Adair (Talent to Lead)
Lise Labine (Talent de leader - volet francophone)
Grégoire Gagnon (Labour Market Information Study)

Communications Officer: Ieashia Minotte

Finance Officer: Erma Barnett

Webmaster: Michael Lechasseur

A list of Board members can be found on CHRC's web site.


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