May 24, 2007
City Council passed a Respectful Workplace policy this week to continue to promote an
environment where everyone can work, volunteer, learn and participate with respect and
As an employer of choice, we integrate respect for each other into everything we
do, says City Manager and CAO Janice Baker. We want to ensure that our employees,
public officials, and all those that interact with the City of Mississauga, continue to respect
the individual qualities, characteristics and differences of others.
Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer Brenda Breault explained that the revised
policy incorporates provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code and goes beyond these through
the recognition of bullying as an unacceptable behaviour in a respectful workplace.
We have added and defined bullying in our policy; provided greater clarity in the
Citys formal and informal complaints resolution process; and outlined resources available
to our employees, said Breault. We are providing respectful workplace training to
all employees so that they gain a consistent understanding of their role in maintaining and
promoting a climate of respect within the workplace.
After researching and benchmarking, the Citys Human Resources Division established a
validation group that included Human Resources, Legal Services, Corporate Communications and
departmental representation in order to provide employee perspectives into the policy and
Breault explained that there were several factors considered in the enhancement of the
policy. A key driver was the promotion of a work environment free from harassment and
discrimination built upon the Citys values of trust, quality and excellence, said
Breault. More and more, organizations are focussing on integrating their respectful
workplace initiatives into their strategic priorities.
Baker added: We have laid the foundations for a respectful workplace and continue to
build on our successes. This is most important to us as the senior leadership team of the City
as well as to our Council.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With
well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be
an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens.
Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength
and for being Canadas safest city.
Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5052