Prevention System Updates

Teaming Up to Inspire Cultures of Respect Everywhere

Release Date:  Dec 10, 2015

We're Respect Certified! Mark Allen, Ontario Director, Respect Group Inc., presents Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO, WSPS, with a plaque to recognize WSPS for its effort to inspire a workplace culture of respect.
We're Respect Certified! Mark Allen, Ontario Director, Respect Group Inc., presents Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO, WSPS, with a plaque to recognize WSPS for its effort to inspire a workplace culture of respect.

MISSISSAUGA: December 10, 2015 - Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and Respect Group Inc. today announced a joint partnership to help Ontario workplaces recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination by providing WSPS customers with access to RGI's renown Respect in the Workplace (RIW) training program, at a discounted rate.

"At WSPS we believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect and a truly healthy workplace strives to protect employees from abusive and discriminatory behavior," says Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO.  "That's why we jumped at the chance to join forces with Respect Group. We believe strongly in their overarching message and are committed to providing our customers with the solutions they need to keep workers safe from all hazards. The Respect in the Workplace training is a great tool to help workplaces address psychosocial hazards that can be very damaging."

"Respect matters everywhere," says Mark Allen, Ontario Director, Respect Group "Unfortunately no business environment is free from discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying. Respect in the Workplace enables an organization, and its employees, to fully embrace what is right, and to know what to do and feel safe to act when they see or experience something that is wrong. We are delighted to be working with WSPS to make this training accessible to even more workplaces."

The Respect in the Workplace (RIW) training was developed by Respect Group in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross to provide organizations with a bilingual and cost-effective harassment, bullying and discrimination solution for adult relationships. The RIW 1 ½ hour training is a "one of a kind," interactive online solution that helps elevate internal working relationships in all workplace environments; regardless of size, number of employees, or physical location. Training includes bilingual 24X7 technical help-desk support, user-friendly technology, and a comprehensive reporting tool.

WSPS is so committed to the Respect in the Workplace philosophy that all staff have been certified. "We definitely walk the talk when it comes to building a respectful culture," says Mills. "Prior to making this solution available to our customers, we had each and every one of our staff complete the course and have built the requirement into our onboarding for new hires. We definitely stand behind it."

The partnership with Respect Group is just the latest that WSPS has forged to expand the conversation regarding  workplace mental health and provide organizations with practical, high quality resources to protect the psychosocial well-being of their employees. A long-time advocate for workplace mental health awareness, WSPS collaborated with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) and the Bureau de normalization du Québec, to develop the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013).  The Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees' psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.

About Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
WSPS is a leader in providing impactful risk management solutions that drive lasting business success for our customers.  WSPS offers unparalleled health & safety expertise, insight and solutions for creating healthy work environments where employees thrive and businesses prosper.

A dynamic $43-million organization servicing 162,000 member firms, WSPS is primarily focused on the agricultural, industrial/manufacturing and service sectors.  A key player in the Ontario occupational health & safety system, WSPS brings together community and business leaders to influence positive change to create a safer and more profitable Ontario.

About Respect Group
Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment. Respect Group has enlisted internationally acclaimed curriculum partner, the Canadian Red Cross and created a best-in-class e-learning platform. Expert content and a professional online certification model round out Respect Group's fully outsourced risk management behavior-change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace. To-date, Respect Group has certified over 600,000 Canadians on these critical issues. For more information on Respect Group, please visit


Workplace Safety & Prevention Services:
WSPS Customer Care Department at or 905-614-1400 or 1-877-494-WSPS (9777).

Respect Group:
Mark Allen at or 705-300-2120