Education workers face many challenges on the job – violence and harassment should not be one of them. CUPE members across Canada have campaigned for employers to take active measures to reduce violence and harassment at schools. Now CUPE members in the education sector can participate in a landmark study to understand violence and harassment in schools across Canada.

CUPE’s research partners at the University of Ottawa have launched a nationwide study examining workplace violence and harassment of education workers. This will be the largest study of its kind ever conducted in Canada and one of the few studies to examine the effect of the pandemic on rates and impacts of violence and harassment. It will look specifically at how intersecting factors (e.g., gender, ethnicity, dis/ability) influence both experiences of violence/harassment and responses.

This survey will build on the work of the first two large scale studies on violence of education workers conducted by the CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario in 2018.

If you are a CUPE member who works in the education sector you are encouraged to participate in this study. It is open to workers in every province in any job classification in the education sector. You can also help spread the word about this landmark study by sharing it on social media and with members of your local.

The survey will take about 40 minutes to complete. It is anonymous and confidential. No personal information about who members are, or the school(s) in which they work will be collected. Reports detailing the findings will be available in the summer of 2024.

Click here to participate in the survey.

CUPE divisions and locals with enough member participation will be eligible to receive a mini-report tailored specifically to the experience of violence and harassment in your region or workplace. This report can be produced if there are enough participants to ensure that the results remain anonymous. These reports can be a valuable tool during collective bargaining. If your local or division would like such a report please share the survey widely amongst your members to ensure that as many people as possible participate in the survey. 

The survey can be completed in French or English.

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