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.
We will cultivate, uphold, live, and measure these Safe Sport principles through:
- Establishment, oversight, and continuous updating of policies, procedures, and best practice guidelines that are robust, clear, and accessible.
- Consistent enforcement of the ensuing policies, procedures, and best practice guidelines through all levels of the ACA community in Canada.
- 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.
- 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.
- Active promotion of our Safe Sport commitment throughout all ACA programs, interactions, activities, and events.
- Consistent engagement and open communication in both official languages with all members of the ACA community.
- Collaboration with international federations, national sport and multi-sport organizations, as well as public partners to support and advance Safe Sport programs.
- Evaluation of the effectiveness of ACA’s Safe Sport Framework and corresponding policies, education, and advocacy initiatives periodically.
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:
- Alpine Canada Alpin Complaint Form (PDF)
- Alpine Canada Alpin Whistleblower Form (PDF)
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.
The following documents illustrate the complaint management pathways that may be pursued by ACA’s ITP.
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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.
- Complaint Management and Discipline Policy
- Appeal Policy
- Whistleblower Policy
- Additional Standards of Behaviour
- Athlete Protection Policy
- Screening Policy
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 Joseph Gurgis – email@example.com
Canadian Sport Helpline: 1-888-83SPORT (1-888-837-7678) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport, v5.1 (2019) | Download & Context Document
- Safe Sport Training – Coaching Association of Canada
- Canadian Sport HELPline – 1-888-83SPORT (77678) or www.abuse-free-sport.ca
- Prevalence of Maltreatment Among Current and Former National Team Athletes (2019) – AthletesCAN and the University of Toronto | Press Release & Final Report
- Para-Athletes’ Experiences of Maltreatment (2019) – Canadian Paralympic Committee, AthletesCAN and the University of Toronto | Final Report
- April 8, 2021, Sport Sector Update | Gymnastics Canada Presentation | Skate Canada Presentation
- Responsible Coaching Movement: Responsible Coaching Movement | CAC
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
- Concussion Management Resources | Check out the Toolkit
- Concussion Prevention | More information
- Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport – Parachute Canada (2017) | More information
- Sport-Related Concussion Guidelines for Canadian High-Performance Athletes – Own the Podium (2019) | More information
- The 2021 Canadian Concussion in Sport Virtual Symposium | Materials
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
- Safe Sport Training: Safesport (coach.ca)
- Commit to Kids (C2K): Online Training: Commit to Kids – protectchildren.ca
- Respect in the Workplace: Respect in the Workplace - Respect Group Inc. | Harassment + Abuse Online Prevention Training
- Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders: Respect in Sport - Respect Group Inc. | Harassment + Abuse Online Prevention Training
Concussion Awareness and Prevention
- NCCP Making Head Way in Sport: NCCP Making Head Way in Sport | CAc (coach.ca)
- Heads Up: Heads Up | HEADS UP | CDC Injury Center
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Gender Equity LENS: Gender Equity LENS | Canadian Women & Sport (womenandsport.ca)
- Keeping Girls in Sport: Keeping Girls in Sport - Respect Group Inc. | Harassment + Abuse Online Prevention Training
- Female Mentorship Programs: Enhanced Female Mentorship Program | CAC (coach.ca)
- NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability: Coaching Athletes with a Disability | CAC
- Aboriginal Coaching Module: Aboriginal Coaching Modules | CAC
- Respect in Sport for Parents: Respect in Sport for Parents - Getting Started
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:
- 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.
- Everyone has the right to fair and equal gender representation.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of mental and physical health, including a safe competition, work, and training environments, and protection from maltreatment.
- 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.
- Everyone has the right to access general information that will enhance one’s ability to make informed decisions in a timely and clear manner.
- Everyone has the right to access education on sports-related matters.
- Everyone has the right to report unethical behaviour without fear of retaliation.
- Everyone has the right to privacy, including the protection of personal information.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of expression.