IWP Sexual Harassment



In 2019, VIRCS was privileged to be one of only four non-profit organisations in British Columbia to receive funding through Department of Justice Canada for a 5-year project to address concerns relating to sexual harassment in the workplace.


“The Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), and its Healthy Women, Healthy Communities program is honored to have been selected as part of this funding initiative. Social isolation, language barriers, a history of trauma and violence due to war and displacement, and lack of familiarity with Canadian laws and protections for both immigrants and workers are all factors that create vulnerabilities for newcomer women in the workplace. Empowered women are healthy women, and healthy women are an important foundation for healthy communities."

David Lau, Executive Director

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society


The Safe at Work Project will provide newcomer employees in Victoria, British Columbia with information on sexual harassment in the workplace. Additional outreach to community service providers will be undertaken to support employees who may be more vulnerable and hard to reach, including home care workers. Information on sexual harassment will also be provided to employers who employ newcomers to present the issue from a cultural perspective, and support employers to develop or align their policies to reflect their diverse workforce. VIRCS will receive $361,974 over five years.


Contact safeworkproject@vircs.bc.ca for more information or to get involved!

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We thank the Government of Canada for their generous support of this project.