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.
Speed Skating Canada embraces 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.
Our Safe Sport Framework is based on the combination of three approaches:
- Our values, Code of Conduct and associated policies set the foundation for our commitment to safe sport.
- Through education and prevention initiatives, we strengthen our system’s capacity to deliver programming and services in alignment with these goals.
- Finally, our reporting process is clearly defined to ensure that we respond to and resolve any concerns quickly and appropriately.
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 our Safe Sport Framework for speed skating in Canada.
We have also adopted several internal policies that establish expected behaviour, guide decision-making and promote accountability for all individuals associated with speed skating in Canada.
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.
Our Complaints, Investigations and Discipline Policy clearly defines the process for reporting a national complaint to Speed Skating Canada. It also outlines how we work with our provincial and territorial partners to ensure issues at the local level are addressed effectively. Together, we continue to demonstrate zero tolerance for behaviour that goes against our commitment to a safe and positive environment for all participants of our sport.
On December 1, 2022, Speed Skating Canada (SSC) signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport. SSC staff, Board members and National Program athletes and coaches 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 March 1, 2023.
Members of the broader Canadian speed skating community not covered by OSIC will also benefit from independent reporting through the new Safe Sport Speak Up Platform being launched by SSC in January 2023.
To report an incident prior to the launch of these services, please contact our independent case manager – Michelle Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org – or reach out to Speed Skating Canada’s Safe Sport Coordinator (email@example.com).
Abuse, Harassment and Anti-Bullying
Speed Skating Canada is committed to providing a safe environment free of abuse, harassment and bullying, both on and off the ice.
The Canadian Sport Helpline offers support to victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination. This anonymous, confidential and independent service listens to a caller’s concerns regarding situations they feel are unacceptable, provides advice on the best process to follow, and directs users toward appropriate resources. The Helpline is staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm ET, seven days per week, and is available in both French and English.
This e-learning module on Safe Sport, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, will 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.
The Respect in Sport (Activity Leader/Coach) e-learning program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials and participants to recognize, understand and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
One of the most common reasons coaches, managers, officials and athletes, of all ages, cite for leaving sport is unacceptable parent behaviour. The Respect in Sport (Parent) e-learning program defines a standard of behaviour for all parents and creates a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.
Mental and Physical Health
Speed Skating Canada’s goal is to support and enhance the physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being of all individuals in the speed skating community.
The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport is a not-for-profit organization supporting the mental health and performance of competitive and high-performance athletes and coaches. It offers collaborative, sport-focused mental health care services designed to help athletes and coaches achieve their performance goals while preserving their mental health and well-being.
This e-learning module on concussion awareness, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, will help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of all participants, including yourself.
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is an online course designed to provide coaches and parents with the information they need to provide evidence-based care for their athletes who have sustained a concussion.
- BodySense: Promoting Positive Body Image in Sport
- Coaching Association of Canada: Concussion Awareness
- Concussion in Sport Group: Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT5)
- Concussion in Sport Group: Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT5)
- Olympic Athlete 365: #MentallyFit
- Parachute: Concussion Resources
- Sport Information Resource Centre: Concussion Toolkit
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Speed Skating Canada is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all participants, where everyone feels welcome and respected.
Learn how to create safe and respectful environments for girls to participate in sport and physical activity with this e-module for coaches and activity leaders, developed by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities in partnership with Canadian Women & Sport and the Coaching Association of Canada.
This e-learning module from Canadian Women & Sport provides the information and tools needed to act on a commitment to gender equity, helping participants make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in sport.
This series of e-learning modules, developed by the Aboriginal Sport Circle and Coaching Association of Canada, respond to the need for a national training curriculum with content that reflects the uniqueness of Aboriginal culture, values and lifestyles.
- Aboriginal Sport Circle
- Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport: Sex and Gender Diversity Resources
- Canadian Olympic Committee: OneTeam Initiative
- Canadian Olympic Committee: National Indigenous Day Resources
- Canadian Women & Sport: Gender Equity Resources
- Centre for Canadian Gender & Sexual Diversity: Sport Inclusion Program
- Coaching Association of Canada: Diversity and Inclusion
- Egale: LGBTQI2S Sports Inclusion Toolkit
- NVision: The Path, Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada
- She’s 4 Sport: Conversations with BIPOC Leaders in Sport
- Special Olympics Canada: Language Guidelines
- Sport Information Resource Centre: Anti-Racism Resources
- Sport Information Resource Centre: Gender Equity Resources
- viaSport British Columbia: LGBTQI2S Resources
- You Can Play Project: LGBTQ+ Resources
Anti-Doping and Substance Abuse
Speed Skating Canada adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) run by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). We respect all rules regarding the use of prohibited substances and methods that serve to protect the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes.
This e-learning module, developed by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), addresses ethical sport, banned substances, supplements, and various other components of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).
This e-learning module on drug-free sport, developed by the Coaching Association of Canada, teaches about the consequences of using banned substances, drug-testing protocols at major competition, and an athlete’s responsibility for ensuring a drug-free environment.