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Bill 26 - Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act - 2017

Resolution Number:100.41.40
Club:Trenton & District; Belleville

BACKGROUND: BPW Ontario has been advocating for women and children who abused since the 1970s yet this issue continues to happen (BPW Ontario, 2017). In 2014, a pan-Canadian study researched the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. The study’s participants were predominantly from Ontario (49%), between the ages of 25 and 64 (94%) and female (78%). Over half (53.5%) of the study’s participants reported at least one abusive incident near or at work. Abusive phone calls or texts were the most common incident with stalking or harassing near the participant’s workplace being the next most common incident. Over 80% of the participants attributed DV having a negative impact on their work performance (Wathen, MacGregor, MacQuarrie, et al., 2014).
Peggy Sattler is the MPP for London-West and the Ontario NDP’s Women’s Issues critic (Legislative Assembly of Ontario, n.d.). She wrote Bill 26 - Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act to ensure employees who are survivors or care for survivors of domestic violence up to ten days paid leave and additional unpaid leave to seek necessary services, move it need be, receive workplace accommodations, and employers to provide mandatory training on domestic violence. On October 6, 2016, Bill 26 passed second reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly (Sattler, 2016). After the Chair of the Committee reports the bill to the House and third reading occurs and the House debates the final form of the bill and decides if the bill will pass. Finally Royal Assent is needed for the bill to become law on a specific date (Legislative Research Service, 2011). Sattler’s petition supporting Bill 26 states the following: … half of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, and approximately every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner; … a 2014 national survey showed that Canadian workers who experience domestic violence often disclose the violence to a coworker, and that the violence frequently follows the worker to work; … Canadian employers lose $78 million annually due to domestic violence, and $18 million due to sexual violence, because of direct and indirect impacts that include distraction, decreased productivity, and absenteeism; … workers who experience domestic violence or sexual violence should not have to jeopardize their employment in order to seek medical attention, access counselling, relocate, or deal with police, lawyers or the courts; … the Final Report of the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment recommended that the Ontario government make education about domestic or intimate partner violence in the workplace mandatory for managers, supervisors, and workers;
Therefore we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
That the Legislative Assembly pass Bill 26 to provide employees who have experienced domestic violence or sexual violence (or whose children have experienced domestic violence or sexual violence) with up to 10 days of paid leave, reasonable unpaid leave, and options for flexible work arrangements, and to require employers to provide mandatory workplace training about domestic violence and sexual violence” (Sattler, 2016a).
REFERENCES: BPW Ontario. (2017). Resolutions database. Retrieved from
Legislative Assembly of Ontario. (n.d). Peggy Sattler, MPP (London West). Retrieved from
Legislative Research Service. (2011). How an Ontario bill becomes law: A guide for legislators and the public. Toronto: Ontario Legislative Assembly. Retrieved from
Sattler, P.. (2016). My bill for domestic and sexual violence leave passes second reading. Retrieved from
Sattler, P.. (2016a). Peggy Sattler, MPP London West. Retrieved from
Wathen, C. N., MacGregor, J. C. D., MacQuarrie, B. J. with the Canadian Labour Congress. (2014). Can
work be safe, when home isn’t? Initial findings of a pan-Canadian survey on domestic violence and the workplace. London, ON: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children. Retrieved from

RESOLUTION: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario, specifically the Chair of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly to expedite the review of Bill 26 Domestic & Sexual Violence Workplace Leave Accommodation & Training Act to allow the Third Reading to occur as soon as possible;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that BPW Ontario urges the Government of Ontario to pass Bill 26 Domestic & Sexual Violence Workplace Leave Accommodation & Training Act and the day Bill 26 receives Royal Assent is the date Bill 26 takes effect.


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