Athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment, or maltreatment. We are committed to making our culture better and are putting in place inclusive processes to help support our commitment to safe sport.
Effective December 29, 2022, WCL has access to services provided by the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport. Complaints will now be filed with either Abuse-Free Sport or the Independent Third Party (ITP) for WCL. An overview on how to file a complaint to either Abuse-Free Sport or the ITP is outlined in the Reporting Mechanism (How To) section below.
The Canadian Sport Helpline is here to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed / intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Independent Third Party
As part of our commitment to Safe Sport, WCL has enlisted the professional services of ITP Sport as our independent third party service provider. ITP Sport has partnered with Whistleblower Security Inc. to provide clients with a secure and independent reporting intake and case management system.
To file a complaint (allegations involving a breach of the UCCMS by Registered Participants and allegations involving a breach of the Code of Conduct) and to file an appeal:
Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC)
To report an incident (allegations involving a breach of the UCCMS by UCCMS Participants):
External eLearning Resources (Coaching Association of Canada):
External Resources (Respect Programs):
WCL first partnered with Respect Group in 2017 as part of its broader commitment to Safe Sport and adopted mandated “Respect” training for staff and members of the Board of Directors. Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004, and partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to create a best-in-class e-learning curriculum with the aim of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
WCL is now providing access to training and education (on a user-pay basis) for staff, coaches, medical personnel and the BOD through “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” and for parents through “Respect in Sport for Parents” modules.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
For: Staff, Coaches, Medical Personnel, Team Leaders & BOD
Cost: $30 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Individuals with a NCCP number will receive 3 PD points upon completion
Respect in Sport for Parents
For: Parents and Family of Athletes
Cost: $12 per household
Duration: 1 hour online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
NCCP Making Head Way Concussion eLearning – Designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, this NCCP Professional Development module will make you concussion smart! Choose the Sport (Generic) module. You should expect to spend 60-90 minutes completing the module.
2016 Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport – This consensus document reflects the current state of knowledge on Concussion in Sport and is updated every 4 years by experts in the field.
Parachute: Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport – Parachute Canada’s national guideline that covers pre-season education and the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity.
Parachute: Statement on Concussion Baseline Testing in Canada – Parachute Canada’s clarification of the role of concussion baseline testing for Canadian youth and adult athletes.
Concussion in Sport Resources – Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
Over many years we have developed standards and policies to help us manage a wide range of issues.