Workplace violence prevention: Get the stats

Workplace bullying

A 2012 Workplace Bullying survey of 552 full-time employed Canadians found the following:

  • 45% of respondents said they were bullied. Sources of bullying were: 24% coworker, 23% immediate boss, 17% higher manager, 17% external to company (e.g. customers)
  • Only one-third of workers reported the bullying to HR.
  • One-third of bullied workers said it caused them health problems.
  • 26% of bullied workers stopped the bullying by quitting their jobs.

Workplace harassment

  • A 2014 Queens University poll found that 23% of Canadians have experienced workplace harassment.
  • A 2014 Angus Reid survey reported than one quarter (28%) of Canadians have experienced sexual harassment in their place of work or at a work-related function (43% women and 12% men).

Federal public service:

  • According to the 2014 Public Service Employee Survey, 19% of federal government workers reported being the victim of harassment in the workplace.
  • One-quarter of those who experienced harassment took no action and only 7% filed a grievance or formal complaint.
  • The following sources of harassment were reported: individuals with authority over them: 63%; co-workers: 50%; members of the public: 9%; individuals working for them: 7%; individuals from other departments or agencies: 5%;     individuals for whom they have custodial responsibility (e.g. prison inmates): 4%.

Physical violence in the workplace

In 2007, Statistics Canada released a report called Criminal Victimization in the Workplace. Highlights from the report include the following:

  • Nearly one-fifth of all incidents of violent victimization, including physical assault, sexual assault and robbery, occurred in the victim's workplace
  • 71% of the workplace violent incidents were classified as physical assaults.
  • Men and women were equally likely to have reported experiencing workplace violence.
  • 27% of incidents involving male victims resulted in injuries, compared with 17% of those involving female victims.

Domestic violence

  • A 2013-14 University of Western Ontario – CLC survey reported that a third of women (33%) have experienced domestic violence.
  • Of that number, 81% stated that this affected negatively their work performance, 53% stated that at least one type of abusive behavior happened at or near the workplace and 38% stated it impacted their ability to get to work.  (CLC 2014 survey “Can work be safe when work isn’t?”).


October 19, 2015