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Modern Slavery in Canada


The course “Understanding Canada’s Modern Slavery Act: A Step Towards Ethical Labour Practices” is a comprehensive guide presented by Ecodemy, focusing on the critical issues of modern slavery practices and Canada’s efforts to combat them. Led by instructor Matt, the course delves into the definition, prevalence, and implications of modern slavery in Canada and globally, highlighting its significant impact on vulnerable groups, including women, children, and Indigenous Peoples. Participants will gain insights into the historical context of slavery, Canada’s position in the international arena, and the country’s legislative measures, notably the Modern Slavery Act. This Act mandates annual reporting by entities on their labour practices, aiming to enhance transparency and accountability in combating forced and child labour in supply chains. The course further explores the implications of the Act for businesses, emphasizing the importance of compliance, ethical labour practices, and sustainable practices in creating resilient supply chains and fostering a sustainable future. A case study of Patagonia’s efforts in addressing labour violations in its supply chain is presented to illustrate the practical application of ethical practices. The program emphasizes the alignment of combating modern slavery with broader sustainability goals, underlining the interconnectedness of ethical labour practices with global sustainability agendas. The course concludes by reinforcing the significance of responsible business practices, transparency, and adherence to the Modern Slavery Act in enhancing human rights, labour practices, and contributing to sustainability efforts. Overall, the course aims to equip participants with the knowledge and tools to understand and actively participate in the global movement towards ethical labour practices, emphasizing the critical role of legislation, compliance, and sustainable practices in achieving these objectives.   This Material Supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #1, #5, #8,#10, #12, and #16 Ecodemy’s purpose is to deliver engaging sustainability education tools to build a foundation for a greener future. 

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What I will learn?

  • Canada’s Modern Slavery Act encourages responsible business practices through greater transparency through public reporting and sanctions.
  • Businesses and government institutions subject to the Act are required to annually report on and publicly disclose the steps they have taken in the previous financial year to prevent forced labour or child labour at any step in the production of goods they make or imported into Canada. They should also include information on the entity’s supply chains and its due diligence processes in relation to forced labour and child labour

Course Curriculum

Modern Slavery in Canada

  • Introduction to Modern Slavery in Canada
  • Defining Modern Slavery
  • Historical Context
  • The Modern Slavery Act in Canada
  • Compliance Measures
  • Case Studies
  • SDGs

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A course by

Reem K
Reem K
Project Coordinator - Commercial Sustainability
Course level:Intermediate
Course Duration: 30m
Last Updated:April 8, 2024

Material Includes

  • Video Training
  • Knowledge Check Quiz and Certificate
  • Presentation Slide Deck and Template
  • PDF Report and Template
  • Social Media Posts and Templates



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