Safe Harbour - British Columbia / Yukon
AMSSA recognizes the diversity of each of our cultures, ethnicities, religions, languages, abilities, ages, genders, and sexual orientations as an asset to our collective heritage, as the strength behind our Canadian identity, and as the core of our social fabric. By better communicating with one another and understanding both our differences & our similiarities, we can connect more meaningfully with one another. Safe Harbour: Respect for All is about advancing inclusion by putting a vision into action: creating opportunities for businesses, agencies, public institutions, and municipalities to celebrate our differences, helping to create safer, more welcoming communities that support diversity and reject discrimination.
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Safe Harbour: Respect for All Commitments:
- Equitable Treatment for All: welcoming all clients and/or customers in a respectful manner. If a concern is expressed regarding a lack of respectful treatment, employers and staff take steps to address it.
- An Immediate Safe Place: providing an immediate safe place for someone experiencing discrimination in or near the worksite which may include a place to sit, a glass of water, a phone to use, and access to a list of resources.
- Prepared Employees and Worksites: preparing all staff to implement these commitments.
Safe Harbour Certified Locations
Each Safe Harbour certified location displays a Respect for All decal on their front door or window, a certificate, and other signage that proudly announces their commitments to inclusion to newcomers, visible minorities, people with disabilities, youth, seniors, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and two-spirited community, and other diverse groups.
Managers and staff within Safe Harbour Certified Locations are prepared to provide respectful, equitable treatment to anyone walking in their door and to offer an immediate and temporary safe refuge for anyone facing mistreatment or discrimination.
A sample of our Safe Harbour-certified locations include the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), Canada Safeway, Vancity, RBC, TD Canada Trust, Ten Thousand Villages, Vancouver Island University, The University of the Fraser Valley, Yukon College, the City of Vancouver, the City of Winnipeg, the City of Burnaby, the Surrey Board of Trade, Service Canada, The Canadian Red Cross, the YMCA, Literacy Alberni Society, the Powell River Association for Community Living, and the Burnaby RCMP.
There are now over 1,000 Safe Harbour-certified locations in BC, Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland! Please click here for a complete list of list of Safe Harbour certified locations.
AMSSA welcomes Yukon College as our first Safe Harbour certified location in Northern Canada!
As a matter of policy, we do not give the Safe Harbour decal or sticker to individuals or people working out of their homes. The certified location needs to be a public space, such as a storefront or non-profit organization.
Become a Safe Harbour Certified Location
We invite managers and staff from businesses, non-profit organizations, public institutions, and municipalities across British Columbia to participate in the 2-3 hour Safe Harbour workshop, delivered by a local facilitator or by AMSSA. Webconference workshops are also available. Safe Harbour: Respect for All designates your organization as one committed to inclusion and equitable treatment for all.
Contact AMSSA or a Community Organizer near you to participate and learn more about how your organization can become better equipped with the knowledge to better understand a diverse workforce and enhance service to diverse customers and clients.
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