Safe Sport

Safe Sport

Alpine Canada is committed to being a national and international leader in advancing inclusive, healthy, rights-based, safe sport for all individuals. Specifically, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person.

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A safe sport environment is one in which all sport Participants recognize, and report acts of maltreatment and prioritize the welfare, safety, and rights of every person at all times. 



  • OUR COMMITMENT

    We will cultivate, uphold, live, and measure these Safe Sport principles through:

    1. Establishment, oversight, and continuous updating of policies, procedures, and best practice guidelines that are robust, clear, and accessible.
    2. Consistent enforcement of the ensuing policies, procedures, and best practice guidelines through all levels of the ACA community in Canada.
    3. Implementation of best practice safeguards, support for prompt identification and reporting of misconduct, as well as confidential, procedurally fair, and timely processes for investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct. 
    4. Provision of educational resources, tools, and initiatives that serve to develop, support, and enhance the knowledge and positive practices of all members of the ACA community.
    5. Active promotion of our Safe Sport commitment throughout all ACA programs, interactions, activities, and events.
    6. Consistent engagement and open communication in both official languages with all members of the ACA community.
    7. Collaboration with international federations, national sport and multi-sport organizations, as well as public partners to support and advance Safe Sport programs.
    8. Evaluation of the effectiveness of ACA’s Safe Sport Framework and corresponding policies, education, and advocacy initiatives periodically.
  • REPORTING MALTREATMENT

    If a minor is in immediate danger or risk call 911 or the Canadian Centre for Child Protection at 1-800-532-9135. 

    Known or suspected maltreatment of a minor must also be reported to ACA’s Independent Third Party. This provides ACA an opportunity to further investigate the allegation and remove the alleged perpetrator from the organization if necessary. 

    Reporting to the Independent Third-Party: 

    In relation to adults, a crime or suspected crime should be reported directly to the police and the corresponding sport organization’s Independent Third-Party.  

    If you report a valid suspicion and it turns out to be unfounded, there are no penalties for you. Provincial and territorial child protection legislation ensures individuals who report suspicions of maltreatment in compliance with the duty to report provision will not be penalized if the report is later deemed unsubstantial. For more information, please review:

    Jurisdictional Legislation on Child Protection:
    Provincial and Territorial Child Protection Legislation and Policy (2018)

  • RESPONDING TO A COMPLAINT

    Independent Third-Party Contact: 

    As part of Alpine Canada’s commitment to safety in sport and in accordance with Sport Canada requirements, Alpine Canada has selected Ilan Yampolsky as its Independent Third-Party Contact.  Ilan is the designated individual to receive and review all complaints, allegations, and concerns of possible breaches to Alpine Canada’s code of conduct policies. 

    Managing Complaints 

    The following documents illustrate the complaint management pathways that may be pursued by ACA’s ITP.

    Complaint Management Pathways

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    Managing Major Infractions

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    Managing Minor Infractions

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  • POLICIES

    Affiliation with ACA brings many privileges and benefits. As such, ACA Participants are expected to conduct themselves in all matters involving or impacting the ACA, and where they may be seen to be representing the ACA, in a manner that is fully consistent with the highest standards of behaviour upon which the ACA’s reputation rests. At all times, ACA Participants’ behaviour must reflect and not compromise the trust of the ACA’s stakeholders and Canadians.

    Code of Conduct Policy (suite of policies)

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

    Social Media Policy

  • APPEALS

    Participants disciplined for Major Infractions are permitted to submit an Appeal using the Alpine Canada Alpin Appeal Form. For information, please refer to ACA’s Appeals Policy. 

    For more information, please access ACA’s Appeal Policy

    Alpine Canada Alpin Appeal Form (PDF)

  • SUPPORT SERVICES

    Alpine Canada is committed to ensuring that all Participants can enjoy the sport in a safe and inclusive environment that is free of maltreatment. Our goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being of all individuals in the skiing community. If you require any assistance or support, please refer to the following support resources for more information.

    Alpine Canada Alpin 
    Safe Sport Manager, Alpine Canada Alpin Alexia Tam – atam@alpinecanada.org 

    Sport Canada 
    Canadian Sport Helpline: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678) or info@abuse-free-sport.ca 

    Crisis Services Canada
    Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 pm to 12 am ET)
    Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868 for Participants up to age 20 years          
    Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect online at Hope for Wellness Chat
    Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366 (all ages)

    Alberta Crisis Line: 403-266-4357 (all ages)
    British Columbia Crisis Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (all ages)
    Manitoba Crisis Line: 1-877-435-7170 (all ages)
    New Brunswick Crisis Line: 1-800-667-5005 (all ages)
    Newfoundland and Labrador Crisis Line: 1-888-737-4668 (all ages)
    Nova Scotia Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167 (all ages)
    Ontario Crisis Line: 1-866-531-2600 (all ages)
    Prince Edward Island Crisis Line: 1-800-218-2885 (all ages)
    Quebec National Crisis Line: 1-866-277-3553 (all ages)
    Saskatchewan Crisis Line: 1-306-525-5333 (all ages)
    Yukon Crisis Line: 1-844-533-3030 (all ages), 7 pm-12 am (PST)

  • CANADIAN SAFE SPORT RESOURCES

    Canadian Sport promises to contribute to the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health of individuals of varying abilities, backgrounds, and interests and contributes to societal engagement and pride. Only when sport environments are safe and inclusive can these values be realized. Individuals should have the reasonable expectation when they participate in sport in Canada that it will be in an environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their personal goals, and is free from all forms of Maltreatment. 

    Please refer to the resources below to learn more about Canada’s efforts towards advancing safe sport. 

    Concussion Management and Prevention 

    Despite recent increased attention focusing on concussions, there is a continued need to improve concussion education and awareness. Optimizing the prevention and management of concussion depends highly on annual education of all sport stakeholders (athletes, parents, coaches, officials, teachers, trainers, and licensed healthcare professionals) on evidence-informed approaches that can prevent concussion and more serious forms of head injury and help identify and manage an athlete with a suspected concussion

  • EDUCATION

    Education is an essential component to shift the culture of sport towards one that is safe, accessible, inclusive, and free from maltreatment. Several sport and health organizations across Canada have prepared courses to enhance our knowledge of how to safeguard everyone in sport. 

    Maltreatment Awareness and Prevention 

    Concussion Awareness and Prevention 

    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

    For Parents

  • HUMAN RIGHTS IN SPORT

    Sport is one of the best ambassadors to promote human rights and the inclusion of all. Through sport, people learn values that cross-gender, physical ability, creed, sexuality, nationality, age, and economic status. Every individual has the right to participate in accessible, inclusive, and safe sport. It is, therefore, the collective responsibility of every individual affiliated with ACA to ensure these rights are upheld and respected at all times. The governance and delivery of safe sport should at all times be based on national and international human rights instruments, principles, and standards. As such, the ACA acknowledges and respects the following for each Participant affiliated with the organization:  

    1. Everyone has the right to feel safe and participate in an accessible and inclusive sport or work environment without being subject to maltreatment on the basis of age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, language, creed, religion, athletic potential, ability, family status, marital status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation. 
    2. Everyone has the right to fair and equal gender representation. 
    3. Everyone has the right to the protection of mental and physical health, including a safe competition, work, and training environments, and protection from maltreatment. 
    4. Everyone has the right to be part of a transparent, fair, and clean sporting environment, particularly one that fights against doping and competition manipulation, and provides for transparent judging/refereeing, selection and qualification processes, and appropriate competition schedules, including training schedules at such competitions. 
    5. Everyone has the right to access general information that will enhance one’s ability to make informed decisions in a timely and clear manner. 
    6. Everyone has the right to access education on sports-related matters. 
    7. Everyone has the right to report unethical behaviour without fear of retaliation. 
    8. Everyone has the right to privacy, including the protection of personal information. 
    9. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. 
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