Canada’s New Safe Sport Office to Begin Phase 1 of Operations June 20

Canada’s Sport Abuse and Harassment Reporting Office will begin operations on June 20.

Sport Canada and the Sport Dispute Resolution Center of Canada (SDRCC) announced on Tuesday the opening date for the first phase of operations of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner of Canada (CSIC).

Developed by the SDRCC with funding from the Government of Canada, OSIC will be the hub of Canada’s new independent safe sport program.

Former artistic swimmer Sarah-Eve Pelletier was named Canada’s first sports integrity commissioner last month.

“This marks an important step in the collective effort to achieve abuse-free sport in Canada,” Pelletier said in a press release. “Our office is committed to doing everything within its mandate to advance a respectful sport culture that provides quality sport experiences that are inclusive, accessible, welcoming and safe.”

The OSIC will receive complaints about alleged violations of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Abuse in Sport (UCCMS), which defines abuse and prohibited behavior and provides a framework for determining sanctions.

Among Phase 1 operations, OSIC will receive reports of violations via a confidential online platform and offer education and prevention tools and resources, including mental health referrals and help legal.

OSIC also plans to hold a series of information sessions with national level athletes and other members of the sports community over the coming weeks.

Canadian Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge said that in her first five months on the job, she had received complaints of abuse, mistreatment and/or embezzlement against national teams in eight sports.