Review suggests more can be done to prevent harassment in Canada's civil service

Canada's top bureaucrat says more can be done to prevent harassment in the public service.

Earlier this year, Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick launched a targeted review of the culture within the civil service and how reports of harassment are handled.

The findings show that while a comprehensive set of rules and policies are in place, there is room for improvement.

Departments have been asked to make changes by the spring.

Some victims interviewed for the report said they remain hesitant to come forward with harassment complaints due to a fear of reprisal.

Lengthy wait times for hiring investigators were also flagged as a concern.