Rosa Survey: The Change You Want to See

Oct 09 2020

Brought to our attention by a member, the Rosa survey is the first of its kind for workplace sexual harassment in the Canadian performing arts, film, and television industries. If you have a few moments please consider taking the time to complete it. There will be trigger warnings in each section, the option to skip ahead, and confidentiality systems in place. More details below. 

About This Survey

We are Rosa. Our goal is to create workplaces where all workers can go to work and not get sexually harassed. That’s it. This historic survey is asking you what kind of changes you want to see in your workplace and what kind of barriers around reporting and accessing legal systems you’ve experienced. We’re asking these questions, because you, the worker, have lived through this. Your voice needs to be heard in order to direct the change you want to see in your workplace. 2020 has been rough. We, the arts workers, the contract workers are struggling to pay bills, stay healthy, and ensure that our human rights are protected regardless of skin colour. We have a long way to go.

We ask that you share this survey with your co-workers in the arts. The more people that come to the table articulating the change you want to see, the more impact this survey can have. We want the results of this survey to lead the change. Our job at Rosa is to amplify the change you want to see and to work with employers and unions to see these changes through.

Why is Rosa doing this survey?

Rosa is conducting this survey with the assistance of Hill Strategies Research. Hill Strategies is a Canadian company that combines rigorous research on the arts and culture with clear and effective communications. Rosa asked Hill Strategies to conduct this survey to help understand and improve the working environment of union and non-union contract workers in the Canadian performing arts, film and television industries.

Who is the survey for?

We want all Canadian union and non-union contract workers in the performing arts, film, and television industries to fill out the survey, including (but not limited to): performers, crew members, screenwriters, playwrights, choreographers, set / costume / production designers, cinematographers, directors, production and post-production workers, and arts administrators and managers. If you are a Canadian working outside of the country, we would love to hear from you too. At this time, we are limiting the survey to workers who are 18 and older in the performing arts, film, and television industries.

How long will it take?

This survey, a first of its kind in Canada, will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on your experiences. We would appreciate you filling in as many questions as possible, but most are optional.

Tell me more about the survey

The survey has six brief sections, including questions about your experiences and what you would like to be done to improve working conditions in the arts, such as how unions and employers respond, what governments expect of employers, and what funders can do to improve the safety of non-union and unionized artists. The survey asks personal questions about your experience with workplace sexual harassment. There will be trigger warnings in each section and the option to skip ahead. Keep yourself safe. The demographic questions at the end will help us understand how demographic characteristics might make people more vulnerable and how intersectional demographic factors have an impact in situations of sexual harassment and violence.

What we’ll do with the survey

Hill Strategies will analyze the survey data and provide a report on its findings to Rosa.

  • Fall 2020: You share your experiences and the change you want to see in the Rosa Survey.
  • Fall/Winter 2020: Hill Strategies analyzes the data and prepares a report on the findings for Rosa.
  • Winter 2021: Rosa releases the survey findings alongside Dr. Salina Abji’s research on the existing policies and agreements for both non-union and unionized workplaces.
  • Spring 2021: Rosa works with stakeholders in our industry to make urgent change based on the results of the survey and research

How do I access the survey?

The survey is housed on a secured website. Any contract workers who work (or are pursuing work) in the performing arts, film, and television industries can access the survey here.

If you have any additional questions about the survey please contact Alix MacLean at Hill Strategies Research at