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There’s a shift happening, for sure, and you can see it around key decisions. As athletes, we’re being taken more seriously and senior leaders are asking for our opinions – not because they feel they have to check a box, but because they believe we have something important to bring to the table.

Seyi Smith, former Chair of the COC’s Athletes’ Commission, and two-time Olympian

Debra Gassewitz, SIRC’s President and CEO, describes the role that everyone, including athletes, coaches, parents, and even spectators, play in supporting a safer sport environment.

The Code of Conduct

Canada’s national sport community is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming sport environment. On behalf of the national sport organizations (NSOs), multisport service organizations (MSOs), and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network members, we are pleased to provide version 6.0 of a Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS). The UCCMS will provide the foundation for the development of a coordinated implementation strategy to prevent and address maltreatment across all levels of the Canadian sport system, and for all participants (athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, practitioners, etc.). The UCCMS is a result of an extensive consultation process that sought insight and expertise from within the sport system and from external subject matter experts.

Canada’s Safe Sport Helpline

Canadian Sport Helpline business cardThe Canadian Sport Helpline is a national toll-free sport helpline that offers assistance to victims or witnesses of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The anonymous, confidential and independent service will allow them to share and validate their concerns, obtain advice on required next steps, and be referred to other appropriate resources for follow up.

The Canadian Sport Helpline is monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text or live chat, in the official language of their choice.

Complaints and Reports

You can file a Complaint or Report to the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) by submitting a secure, interactive online intake form. Please note that the OSIC only has the authority to address matters related to violations of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sports (UCCMS) that are alleged against covered participants of Program Signatory organizations.

Key Resources

  1. Abuse-Free Sport website
  2. Canadian Sport Helpline
  3. Abuse-Free Sport Mental Health Support Program
  4. Abuse-Free Sport Legal Aid Program
  5. Game Plan Mental Health Support
  6. Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport
  7. Sport’Aide (Quebec);
  8. Safe Sport Line (Manitoba);
  9. Sask Sport Resource Line (Saskatchewan);

Safe Sport FAQ