Hockey Canada released a plan to tackle “toxic” culture in its sport a day before the start of a second round of parliamentary hearings into the organization’s handling of sexual assault complaints.
The plan includes the implementation by the end of September of a centralized abuse complaint tracking and reporting system.
Hockey Canada also says it will implement enhanced screening of high-level players and require that breaching the organization’s code of conduct or refusing to participate in an investigation could result in a lifetime ban.
These measures are in addition to those announced in a July 14 open letter, including the resumption of a dormant third-party investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving members of the country’s 2018 world junior team.
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Hockey Canada has had its federal funding frozen and several corporate partners have halted their sponsorships since the 2018 allegation became known and the subsequent settlement of a lawsuit filed by the plaintiff.
A second sexual assault allegation involving the 2003 Canadian junior team surfaced Friday.
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is scheduled to hear testimony Tuesday and Wednesday.