The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Olympic Foundation (the “COC”) stand for safe sport that is free of maltreatment of any kind. We all play a role in creating a healthy culture that fosters safe sport practice and offers athletes, coaches and all members of the sport community strong resources in education and reporting.
The presence of maltreatment in sport requires a concerted and systemic effort by a variety of different organizations and governments to come together and identify solutions and clearly define roles and responsibilities. The COC is committed to using its unique role in the sport system in Canada and its network, resources and capacity to do its part to ensure that safe sport is the standard. The health and safety of all who play or work for Team Canada will always remain top priority.
On September 21, 2022, the COC signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport. The COC, and its stakeholders, will have access to the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport, following a transition period which will end no later than December 21, 2022.
During the transition period, the COC is completing full adoption of the latest version of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and making some policy changes, which it must do before it can become part of the Abuse-Free Sport program. Prior to December 21, 2022, COC participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will continue to have access to independent third-party services through the COC’s Independent Case Manager, Rubin Thomlinson LLP by contacting COC@RubinThomlinson.com in accordance with the procedure set out below.
Filing a Complaint Regarding COC Participants
The COC’s Code to Address Maltreatment in Sport sets out our expectations for conduct and behaviour that is consistent with the highest standards of behaviour upon which the COC’s reputation rests. Our jurisdiction applies to all participants involved in COC Activities including but not limited to all events over which the COC has jurisdiction such as the Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, Youth Olympic Games and Junior Pan American Games (the “Games”) as well as all other events and activities organized or hosted by the COC (collectively, including the Games, the “COC Activities”).
We expect that any individual involved in COC Activities and all those involved in the Olympic Movement in Canada, conduct themselves with integrity and to the highest standards of conduct, in accordance with the COC and Olympic values. Individuals involved in COC Activities must at all times, behave in a manner that reflects and does not compromise the trust of the COC’s stakeholders and Canadians.
Pursuant to the COC Code to Address Maltreatment in Sport, participants must report any actual or suspected cases of maltreatment to the COC’s Independent Case Manager, Rubin Thomlinson LLP by contacting COC@RubinThomlinson.com. Rubin Thomlinson is a nationally recognized firm, with extensive experience in conducting workplace reviews and assessments, as well as investigations into complaints of harassment, discrimination and other employee misconduct. Alternatively, individuals can report a concern in accordance with the COC’s Whistleblowing Policy. Please note that all reports of Maltreatment made in accordance with the COC’s Whistleblowing Policy will be redirected to the COC’s Independent Case Manager.
By December 21, 2022, the COC and its stakeholders will have access to the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport. Once these services become accessible to COC participants, this page will be updated accordingly.
How To File a Complaint Regarding NSOs
Each National Sport Organization has its own complaint procedures. We encourage you to visit the individual NSO’s website for their respective Safe Sport policy.
Alternatively, you can contact Canadian Sport Helpline, a bilingual national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse and discrimination. The Helpline provides a safe place for victims and witnesses of incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport to discuss their concerns.
The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.
It provides professional listening and referral services by phone and text at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) and by email at email@example.com, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, seven days a week.