Creating a Nationwide Code of Conduct and a New Gender Equity Secretariat are Next Steps to Eliminating Abuse, Discrimination and Harassment in Sport
“All children in sport and athletes deserve to participate in sports free from abuse, discrimination and harassment and that includes bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional, psychological or physical abuse on and off the field of play. Our government is working with our sport partners across the country to ensure that each child or athlete has a sport experience that allows them to realize the wonderful benefits that sport provides.”
— The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport
“The partnership within the National Coaching Certification Program on behalf of all governments is built on trust and respect for each other’s roles. We continue to collaborate on all aspects of coaching education and ethics within our jurisdictions. These summits provide an opportunity to create a pan-Canadian understanding of how we can better work together.”
— Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer, Coaching Association of Canada
“We welcome these initiatives and hope that the consultations will be open, transparent and inclusive in order to allow all of the key players in the sport system to provide input on a future code of conduct. We are also pleased about the creation of a Secretariat, and we fully support it. For us, this is a first step toward the creation of a fully independent body for the management of the violence experienced by our athletes.”
— Guylaine Demers and Bruce Kidd, Co-Chairs of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Sport Committee Work Group on Women and Girls in Sport
In the 2018 Federal Budget, the Government of Canada announced a target to achieve gender equality in sport at every level by 2035. This included an initial three-year commitment of $30 million to support data and research and innovative practices to promote women’s and girls’ participation in sport, and provide support to national sports organizations to promote the greater inclusion of women and girls in all facets of sport.
In April 2018, Minister Duncan convened a Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport to gather the experiences, perspectives and insights of 12 champions for gender equity in sport. The group’s mandate also included providing a range of views and advice aimed at better understanding and serving the specific needs of women and girls in sport.
The Government of Canada’s priority, informed by discussions held by members of the Minister’s Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport, led to the creation of the Gender Equity, Inclusion and Innovation Secretariat at Sport Canada. As such, resources are now dedicated to developing policies, monitoring the implementation of gender equity initiatives, and ensuring that outcomes are achieved in all facets of the Canadian sport system.
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