Absenteeism, low productivity, declining physical and mental health; are some of the serious consequences of being bullied at work.

When provincial Violence in the Workplace regulations were finally enacted in 2007 after over a decade of lobbying, they unfortunately did not include language about bullying or psychological health and safety in the workplace.  The lack of clarity around this issue compelled the NSGEU to take action and address bullying in the workplace.

Following eighteen months of tireless effort developing, field testing, evaluating and revising, the Bully-Free Workplace Program had its formal launch Sept 8, 2010.  At the core of our approach is the understanding that peer-to-peer facilitation is an effective method to begin discussions about workplace bullying and to facilitate solutions.


Two ways to access our program


Here on the bullyfreeworkplaces.ca website, we offer an easy 3-step process that allows both employers and employees to navigate program resources to determine specific solutions for their own situations. Think of it as a self-help system that can be accessed online anywhere, anytime. Get started!

In Person

The program also offers Nova Scotia employers the option to work with a trained facilitator. A Bully-Free Workplaces Facilitator will enter the workplace to engage employees in discussions about bullying, provide education, and assist with solutions. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

“The Mental Health Commission of Canada commends the NSGEU for developing the Bully-Free Workplaces program and making it available to employers and employees throughout Nova Scotia, as well as in other provinces. Bully-Free programs in a workplace can play a signi cant role in helping to educate employers and employees on how to improve the psychological health and safety in their workplaces. We support programs such as these that align with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and add to the toolbox employers have for improving mental health in the workplace."