Manitoba Reviewing Municipal Act to Strengthen Anti-Bullying, Harassment Policies

Manitoba Reviewing Municipal Act to Strengthen Anti-Bullying, Harassment Policies

Jeff Wharton
Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton (right) at Augustine Church on Friday, January 19, 2018. (@MIN_JWHARTON / TWITTER)

The Manitoba government is taking a look at the Municipal Act and other legislation in an effort to curb harassment in the workplace.

Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton said the review will identify opportunities to strengthen municipalities’ ability to enforce violations of their codes of conduct.

The review was announced Monday at the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association Conference.

The province will be consulting with both the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association through a series of roundtable discussions across the province in June and September where input will be gathered on potential legislative changes.

“Everyone deserves a safe and respectful work environment including municipal elected officials,” said Chris Goertzen, president, Association of Manitoba Municipalities.

“We look forward to working with Minister Wharton to determine ways to strengthen not only the legislation around harassment and bullying in municipal workplaces, but our ability to enforce the rules.”

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