We’re committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment — one free of abuse, harassment, neglect or discrimination, both on and off the ice — for athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and administrators at all levels of our sport.

What is Safe Sport?

Anyone involved in sport should be able to thrive and perform at their best without fear of abuse, neglect or other maltreatment. Creating safe sport environments that provide those conditions is a collective effort — one that requires proper training so people can recognize maltreatment and prevent or address it.

Safe Sport Training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport.

Together, we can make sport safe for everyone.

Acknowledgement

Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment, and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.

Awareness

Learn about the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.

Action

Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.

Framework

We align with Speed Skating Canada to embrace our responsibility to create, foster and maintain a culture within our training and competition environments that ensures positive, healthy and fulfilling experiences for all participants. Creating a safe and inclusive culture is our top priority and is a responsibility we share with all members of the speed skating community, including athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and administrators at all levels of our sport.

Universal Code of Conduct

The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) provides the foundation for a coordinated strategy to prevent and address maltreatment across all levels of the Canadian sport system, and for all participants (athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, practitioners, etc.). The UCCMS is the result of an extensive consultation process that sought insight and expertise from within the sport system and from external subject matter experts.

Speed Skating Canada has formally adopted the Universal Code as a key tool within their Safe Sport Framework for speed skating in Canada.

Policies

Speed Skating Canda has developed several internal policies that establish expected behaviour, guide decision-making, and promote accountability for all individuals associated with speed skating in Canada.

Prevention

Several training programs outlined on this page, including the Respect in Sport and Safe Sport e-learning modules, are mandatory for staff, coaches and officials operating at the national level, and are encouraged for all participants at the local and provincial/territorial level. We commit to regularly reviewing these education requirements and to engaging in active discussion about safe sport with our community on an ongoing basis.

By developing an in-depth library of additional resources, we aim to provide our community with education that allows for the informed development of positive environments, the early identification of potential concerns, and the appropriate response to recognized risk.