Sexual harassment: Ottawa and the ACC revise their funding policies

Photo: Christopher Katsarov The canadian Press
Patricia Fagan (left) is one of the women who accused him of sexual harassment artistic director and co-founder of the theatre company Soulpepper, Albert Schultz.

The department of canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the arts taking the lead to counter sexual harassment in the cultural sector. The two institutions have announced at the end of the week that they would revise their respective policies for awarding grants to ensure that businesses and organizations in the community to promote a work environment that is healthy and respectful.


These announcements were made in the wake of the many denunciations aimed at men of power in the cultural milieu, the last being the artistic director and co-founder of the theatre, Soulpepper, Toronto, Albert Schultz.


The Canada Council for the arts released a statement Friday on its page, Facebook’s announcement that it is reviewing its policy of subsidy so that they provide for ” mechanisms to allow us to deal fairly and efficiently with the situations in which are involved of the artists or organizations that receive funding from the Council.”


The next day, the federal government has followed suit by announcing that it is considering him as its policies in relation to the financing of cultural organizations to ensure that these promote work environments as ” healthy and free from harassment “.


It has not been possible on Sunday to know the specific measures that intend to take both institutions to achieve their goal. Neither has responded to our interview requests.


In its press release, the department of Heritage says that ” all Canadians must be able to work in a safe environment and report cases of harassment without running any risk.”


Theatre Soulpepper


These announcements occur at a time when allegations of sexual misconduct committed by figures of authority in the cultural milieu multiply in the country and elsewhere in the world.


The last in Canada dates back to last week and aims for the artistic director and co-founder of the theatre company Soulpepper, Toronto, Albert Schultz. The latter resigned last Thursday after only four actresses have filed lawsuits against him and his theatre. He declared that he wanted to ” vigorously defend against these claims “.


The production of the play Amadeus, which was to be directed by Albert Schultz, has also been cancelled.


Saturday, it was the turn of the director-general of the Soulpepper, Leslie Lester, who is the wife of Mr. Schultz, to announce his departure from the company.