COC invests 10 million dollars in safe sports

MONTREAL (June 12, 2022) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) today announced a $10 million investment in Safe Sport initiatives to help build a healthy, safe and barrier-free sports system in Canada.

The announcement was made by David Shoemaker, CEO and Secretary General of the COC during his speech to the COC Annual Session.

“Athletes and sports leaders agree that the current situation within the system is unsustainable,” said Shoemaker. We all want a secure and accessible system that delivers on the global stage as well. To achieve this, we must work together to find solutions and implement them. This contribution underlines the COC’s commitment to a safe and barrier-free sports system now and in the future. †

Inspired by the call to action from the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister in charge of the Economic Development Organization of Canada for the regions of Quebec earlier this year, the announcement recognizes that work needs to be done to ensure that ensure that the Canadian sports system is a safe environment where Canadian athletes can reach their full potential. The importance and scope of the announcement also reaffirms the COC’s commitment to play a leading role in the Canadian sports system, particularly on issues affecting the health, performance and well-being of Canadian athletes. .

“The mobilization of the entire sports community is essential in our process to create a safer Canadian sports environment,” said Minister St-Onge. It is a collective problem that requires a collective solution. I commend the Canadian Olympic Committee for its proactive stance and recognizing the urgency to take action on safety and wellbeing in sport. Together, we must continue our partnership to take advantage of the work already done collectively so that our athletes can evolve in a sporting environment free of abuse, harassment, discrimination and assault. †

Following this announcement, the COC will continue to engage with key stakeholders, including elected representatives of athletes, leaders of national sports organizations, Sport Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, the Sport Integrity Commissioner and others to identify and inform specific areas of investment. , which may include prevention, information and governance.

The funding will also continue the work initiated by the COC in areas such as increased mental health support for athletes and staff, support for governance changes and greater representation of athletes, as well as finding ways to make a difference at grassroots level.

“This is an important announcement from the COC and an encouraging step in the right direction for the entire Canadian sports system,” said Rosie MacLennan, two-time Olympic champion and chair of the COC’s Athletes’ Commission. For athletes to perform at their best, we need a system that is safe, fair and that puts the mental and physical health of athletes first. This new funding and commitment to partnering with the athlete community will help make this a priority. †

The announcement was made at the COC’s annual session, which took place June 10-12 in Montreal. The three-day event brought together COC management, the board of directors and leaders of national sports organizations and sports partners from across the country and included a series of community discussions focused on safe sport.