The Safe Sport Movement
The Government of Canada created the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), an independent safe sport mechanism, in July 2021, delivered by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.
The OSIC is a key step in advancing a respectful sport culture that delivers quality, inclusive, accessible, welcoming and safe sport experiences. The sport community has identified a critical need to establish a centralized and fully independent mechanism to address matters under the UCCMS.
In January 2020, Sport Canada announced that all sport organizations funded by the Sport Support Program of Sport Canada will be required to adopt and integrate version 5.1 of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport as part of their organization’s code of conduct policy.
Through collaboration and harmonization across the sport sector, a universal code of conduct and sanctions will make sport safe for all athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and support staff, at all levels of sport in Canada.
Safe Sport at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario
Abuse Free Sport
Kids Help Phone
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada
Coaching Association of Canada Safe Sport Training
Coaches Association of Ontario
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is committed to supporting a safe sport environment within CSIO. All staff and contractors working in any role at CSIO undergo a police and vulnerable sector screening and are required to complete Safe Sport training. CSIO is continually reviewing and updating its policies and processes to create open, observable and safe interactions within and around the CSIO environment.
The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner Pledge
Canadian Sport Institute Ontario hereby declares its intention to become a Program Signatory of the independent safe sport mechanism. In doing so, the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario undertakes to work diligently and closely with the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner to meet the following requirements, as soon as possible:
Adopt the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and designate the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner to manage all complaints arising from it;
Sign a service agreement with the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner setting out the conditions for accessing its services;
Incorporate mandatory and binding language in all agreements with individuals under its jurisdiction who are subject to the UCCMS;
Pay a participation fee based on number of individuals protected and/or subject to the UCCMS under its jurisdiction;
Actively disseminate and promote safe sport education programs, awareness campaigns and prevention initiatives;
Fully collaborate with the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner, by providing the necessary information to conduct preliminary assessments and investigations, and to mandate individuals under its jurisdiction to cooperate with the process; and
Implement and enforce all remedies and sanctions imposed or adopted by the Director of Sanctions and Outcomes.
Signed by: Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario on February 10, 2022