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Safety/Maltreatment

Do you require immediate assistance?

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please click the link below to contact Kids Help Phone to start a confidential conversation with a real person you can trust.

If you are a victim of abuse, harassment or discrimination in a sport environment or have witnessed such an incident, click the link below to contact the Canadian Sport Helpline, which is a free, anonymous, confidential and independent service.

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COMPLAINTS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO complaints@sportcomplaints.ca.

Hockey Canada and its Members want to end the culture of silence that exists in parts of hockey. To help ensure that we are a safe space for raising concerns, Hockey Canada has established a new, fully independent, and confidential reporting mechanism for all individuals regarding any incidents involving Hockey Canada sanctioned programming as outlined in the Action Plan. This reporting mechanism is known as the Independent Third Party and is led by Brian Ward and Erin Durant.

The role of the independent third party is to:

  • receive all hockey related maltreatment, sexual violence, harassment, abuse or discrimination complaints by someone affiliated with Hockey Canada;
  • analyze complaints in light of Hockey Canada and Member policies and determine how they are to be managed and the proper jurisdiction;
  • where applicable, ensure matters are properly reported to law enforcement or child protection services;
  • retain investigators and dispute resolution panels who are also independent of Hockey Canada;
  • work with Canada's Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner and the Member associations to ensure no gaps in complaint coverage and that all complaints are handled in accordance with applicable policies and that decisions are documented in writing. 

The new Hockey Canada Discipline and Complaints policy that outlines the role of the Independent Third Party and the applicable processes is available for download here.

A key feature of the Independent Third Party structure is its independence from Hockey Canada. The Independent Third Party has sole jurisdiction to handle complaints and keeps the identity of complainants confidential from Hockey Canada and Member associations. The Independent Third Party will not be unduly influenced by anyone at Hockey Canada regarding the complaint administration process. Although the Independent Third Party mechanism is staffed by some lawyers, those lawyers do not provide any legal advice to Hockey Canada. 

Hockey Canada will receive anonymized reports from the Independent Third Party from time to time documenting the number of complaints received, categorizing complaints and reporting on other metrics such as response times and the time required to close complaints. This reporting protects the identity of all those involved with a complaint process while also ensuring proper oversight of the performance of the Independent Third Party. 

Reporting Abuse or Harassment is often a difficult process. The Independent Third Party is committed to operating in a trauma informed manner. For example:

  • All reports will be kept entirely confidential, in line with the wishes of the person making the complaint. This includes confidentiality from Hockey Canada and Member association staff.
  • All Complaints will be followed up in a timely manner.
  • The Independent Third Party has developed resources to share with survivors of abuse and can direct survivors to additional supports.
  • The Independent Third Party answers questions about the complaint process.
  • Complaints are taken seriously and rigorously examined. 

The Independent Third Party is staffed by a number of diverse professionals reflecting both gender and racial diversity. Service is available in both French and English.  

Additional resources will be developed as the Independent Third Party continues its work and analyzes the ongoing needs to ensure a safe and trauma informed complaint mechanism. 

Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participant's personal goals and is free from all forms of maltreatment. As part of BC Hockey’s commitment to Safe Sport, our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training.

BC Hockey and Hockey Canada are committed to a sport environment free from abuse that is safe for all participants. Safe Sport practices are the responsibility of all members, including coaches, parents/guardians, athletes, referees, club administrators and volunteers.

CLICK HERE for BC Hockey and Hockey Canada's maltreatment, bullying and harassment protection and prevention policy.

BC Hockey acknowledges the support from the Province of British Columbia and viaSport and resources they provide for a Safe Sport environment. BC Hockey accepts all language in the BC Universal Code of Conduct. (BC UCC)

Safety and Risk Management

Keeping all BC Hockey members safe is our top priority, not only dealing with physical injuries, including concussions, but also mental wellness and ensuring our dressing rooms, stands and events are a safe haven for everyone. We hope all the information and links you require are listed below, but please contact BC Hockey should you require further information at info@bchockey.net or 250.652.2978.

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Respect in Sport

Coaches are required to take this online course, and it is highly recommended for parents and players so we are all on the same page on dealing with situations.

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Hockey Canada Safety Program

Did you know that every team must have an HCSP certified person? This volunteer role must be filled by a parent on every team and the certification is good for three (3) years.

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