In light of the recent CBC report on sexual misconduct in amateur sports, Hockey Canada has released the following statement on safe sport.
Statement on safe sport on behalf of our 13 Provincial Members and their Associations
Hockey Canada’s top priority is a safe and fun experience for all participants. We work closely with our Provincial Members and their Associations to ensure that safeguards are in place for athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and parents.
Hockey Canada has been educating participants since the late 90’s with a focus on awareness and prevention. The following measures are in place:
- The Respect in Sport on-line certification for coaches, volunteers and parents (transitioned from the Speak Out Program).
- The implementation of bullying, harassment and abuse prevention policies.
- Informational brochures on bullying, harassment and abuse and also a parental guide available at hockeycanada.ca.
- Partnership with Kids Help Phone with their contact information available on the Hockey Canada website.
- A national screening policy requiring criminal records checks and vulnerable sector checks.
Hockey Canada believes in a healthy, active society and the benefits of participating in team sports. One incident is too many and we will continue to work with other organizations and the different levels of government to ensure a safe environment for all participants.
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