RELEASE: Minister Duncan Announces Stronger Measures to Eliminate Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport
New release published by the
Office of the Minister of Science and
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, in Ottawaon June 19th, 2018
All Canadians deserve to participate and compete in a sport environment, free from harassment, abuse or discrimination, regardless of gender, race, religion, language, age and ability.
The Government of Canada recognizes the presence of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport and is committed to stopping further instances.
Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, announced stronger measures to eliminate harassment in the Canadian sport system.
New provisions in funding agreements will support eligible sport organizations in fostering healthy and safe workplace environments. Effective immediately:
· Federally funded sport organizations must take all necessary measures to create a workplace free from harassment, abuse or discrimination of any kind.
· They must immediately disclose any incident of harassment, abuse or discrimination that could compromise the project or programming to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
· They must make provisions—within their governance framework—for access to an independent third party to address harassment and abuse cases.
· They must provide mandatory training on harassment and abuse to their members by April 1, 2020 and are challenged to make this a priority and put mandatory training in place as soon as possible.
Sport organizations are required, through an eligibility requirement under Sport Canada’s Sport Funding and Accountability Framework, to have a formal policy to address harassment and abuse in order to receive federal funding. These policies have been updated over the years to stay effective and relevant, however, these new measures announced today will strengthen existing tools and provisions.
In addition to these changes in funding agreements, the following steps are also being taken:
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Working Group
Minister Duncan is calling on her provincial and territorial counterparts through the new Federal-Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Safety, Integrity and Ethics in Sport to recommend solutions in common areas of harassment and abuse in sport. These recommendations will be presented at the next conference of the ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation in February 2019, in Red Deer, Alberta, if not at an earlier opportunity.
Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport
Established in May 2018 by Minister Duncan, the new Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport, comprised of leaders in the sport community, will identify additional measures to address the issue of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport.
Budget 2018 announced a target to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035 and proposes an initial $30 million over three years to support data and research and innovative practices to promote women and girls’ participation in sport. The lack of gender equity in the sport system has been identified as a contributing factor to harassment and abuse.
Canada’s world-class sport system rests on a foundation of respect, dignity and opportunity; these enhanced measures will further protect Canadians participating in sport by ensuring safe and healthy sport environments.