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New Independent Safe Sport Mechanism is a Milestone for Positive Change

OTTAWA, July 6, 2021. The Government of Canada announced that the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has been selected to establish and deliver a new Independent Safe Sport Mechanism. The Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) congratulates the SDRCC and thanks the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Parliamentary Secretary Adam van Koeverden, and all stakeholders and participants that have helped the sport system reach this important milestone in making sport safer in Canada.

“Canada continues to make safety in sport a top priority and the SDRCC is very well positioned to provide this much needed, and important service for athletes and participants in sport” says Debra Gassewitz, SIRC President and CEO. “It’s not over, there’s a lot more work to do, but this sets a strong foundation for positive change.”

Additional information, the Universal Code of Conduct to Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and resources on safe sport in Canada can be found on SIRC’s website: sirc.ca/safesport.

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About SIRC:

Incorporated in 1973, SIRC, the Sport Information Resource Centre, is Canada’s leader and most trusted partner in advancing sport through knowledge and evidence. SIRC is committed to engaging with organizations and individuals involved in the development of sport, recreation and physical education in Canada and around the world, to enhance the capacity of our shared community to foster growth and the pursuit of excellence. SIRC is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Media Contact:

Peter Morrow
Knowledge & Communications Specialist
Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
pmorrow@sirc.ca
613-231-7472 (SIRC)