Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Resources

Edited and expanded by Lindsay Bilodeau, PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington


Content warning: harassment, discrimination and abuse

All students, faculty, and staff have the right to work and learn in a safe and welcoming environment. Discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex or gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, and ability, creates a barrier to equality and equity and is discriminatory under the Canadian Human Rights Act. University procedures differ, but every school has some kind of office for equity and human rights. If you have experienced harassment, seek redress as soon as you feel comfortable, through whatever channels you feel work best for you.

Harassment can take a variety of forms, including inappropriate remarks (whether sexually suggestive, racist, ableist etc., persistent jokes or comments about your age or appearance, pestering phone calls, the display of sexist or racist materials, inappropriate physical contact, and assault. Survivors of these forms of abuse or harassment may be any age, sexuality, gender, ethnicity or have any level of ability. The harasser can be at the same or a different position within the institution as the person being harassed. Harassment can take place once or over an extended period of time. Because harassment creates a negative or hostile environment that can cause a lot of harm, including interfering with your job performance and academic success, all forms of it should be taken very seriously.

However, it’s not always easy to know what constitutes harassment—or what to do about it. People who object to ethnic jokes or sexually suggestive remarks may be told they should “lighten up,” or be otherwise made to feel that they are overreacting in their objections. If you are being harassed or discriminated against, you have every right to seek help, support, and redress. If someone is harassing you or discriminating against you, it is not your fault and you don’t have to deal with it all by yourself. Most universities have free counseling services; your graduate director, graduate student representatives, or union stewards can help direct you to the appropriate university officials.  If you’re not comfortable going to your university for help, or your university is not providing the right support and action to help you, there are other resources. Below, we have compiled resources for people facing discrimination based on their sex or gender, their sexuality, ethnicity, religion, financial situations, and/or mental health.

Broad resources 

·      General information on discrimination in Canada: 

·      Legal resources for redress: 

·      Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime 

 ·    What is Intersectionality? Intersectional Feminist Theory Explained 

Racism anti-BIPOC

·      Canadian Heritage, anti-racism resources 

·      Ontario Human Rights Commission 

·      Black Legal Action Centre 

·      Guide on racial discrimination and harassment 

·      Urban Alliance on Race Relations 

Indigenous specific:

·      National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health 

·      Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council 

·      Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres 

·      National Association of Friendship Centres 


·      Canada human Rights Commission Disability Rights 

·      Canadian Civil Liberties Association Disability Rights resources 

Mental health

·      Government of Canada Mental Health Support 

·      Website that helps you find regional help from the Canadian Mental Health Association: 

·      Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport 

·      Carleton University list of mental health resources province by province 

·      Crisis Line Ottawa and surrounding counties 

·      Anxiety support 

·      National Suicide Prevention Support line: 1.833.456.4566  /, Quebec Residents: 1.866.277.3553

·      Dealing with Depression 

Sexual assault/violence

·      Government of Canada Sexual Misconduct Support Resources Search tool 

·      Canadian Women’s Foundation 

·      Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres 

·      Connect – family and sexual abuse network Calgary 

·      Status of Women Canada - list of resources, province by province 


·    The LGBTQIA+ Guide to Online Security    


o   Provincial chapters of Pflag 

·      Qmunity BC’s Queer, Trans and Two Spirit Resource Centre 

·      The Lifeline Canada 

·      HeretoHelp LGBTQ+ resources 

·      OK2BME 

·      Rainbow Resource Centre 

·     An Easy Guide To Gender-Inclusive Language

·   LGBTQ Housing Discrimination 

·   LGBTQ Youth Resources: How To Stay Safe Online? [A Complete Guide]

Socio-economic based

·      Homeless Hub General Resources 

Indigenous specific:

·      Homeless Hub Indigenous-specific Resources 


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