WorkSafe BC issued Occupational Health and Safety policies relating to workplace bullying and harassment that became effective November 1, 2013. Here's what you need to know.

Workplace Bullying and Harassment Awareness Training Video
Policy 5530 - Harassment and Bullying
Signature Confirmation Sheet
How to Recognize Bullying and Harassment
Awareness Brochure
Information Poster
Harassment Reporting Form

What is bullying and harassment? 

Includes any inappropriate conduct or comment by a person towards a worker that the person knew or reasonably ought to have known would cause that worker to be humiliated or intimidated. Excludes any reasonable action taken by an employer or supervisor relating to the management and direction of workers or the place of employment.

Examples of Bullying and Harrassment Not Bullying and Harrassment
Behaviour that humiliates or intimidates
Expressing differences of opinion
Verbal aggression or name-calling Offering constructive feedback
Vandalizing personal belongings Making a legitimate complaint about another worker's conduct
Sabotaging work Reasonable management action, including decisions regarding performance evaluations, layoffs, discipline, etc
Spreading malicious gossip or rumours
Personal attacks
Agressive/threatening gestures

What to do if you think you are being bullied or harassed 

  • Approach the person in a positive, confidential manner 
  • Tell them what behavior was inappropriate 
  • Make it clear that the behavior is unwanted and unacceptable 
  • Make notes of any uncomfortable encounters including dates, times, locations, witnesses, etc 
  • Don't retaliate If the issue cannot be resolved, report it to your supervisor or appropriate district contact

Reporting Procedures 

A formal bullying or harassment complaint must be filed in writing to your school administrator, manager, or the Director of HR using the Harassment Reporting Form

If the complaint is regarding the Director of HR, file your complaint with the Superintendent. If the complaint is regarding the Superintendent, file your complaint with the Board Chair. 

Complaints should be reported as soon as possible so that action can be taken and investigated promptly.

Investigation Procedures

 The Saanich School District is committed to: 

  • Taking all workplace bulling and harassment complaints seriously 
  • Conducting investigations as expeditiously and thoroughly as possible 
  • Ensuring investigations are fair and impartial 
  • Maintaining confidentiality to the greatest extent possible 
  • Finding a resolution to the complaint

Possible Investigation Results 

  • Education and training 
  • Facilitated conflict resolution 
  • Monitoring behavior 
  • Changes in the workplace (transfers, schedule changes, etc) 
  • Corrective and/or disciplinary action ranging from warnings up to and including dismissal

Preventing Workplace Bullying and Harassment 

Everyone has a responsibility to create and maintain a respectful work environment 

  • Consider the effect your words or actions may have on other people 
  • Respect multicultural and other differences 
  • Treat people in all roles with equal respect 
  • Don’t ignore behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable – speak up! 
  • Do your part to resolve situations at the lowest level possible 
  • Remember: you are a role model for your students

For more information 

  • Review our Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policy 5530 (click here
  • Visit the WorkSafe BC website (
  • Employee Assistance Program: Tina Leist & Associates 250-384-1488 or 
  • Review your collective agreement for articles on bullying and harassment 
  • Contact Human Resources:

Manager, Health and Safety


Human Resources Assistant


Last modified: Friday, 30 August 2019, 2:30 PM