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NEW – SAFE SPORT FEE

Skate Canada places great importance on creating a fun and safe environment for our skating family, especially children and youth. We create this atmosphere as a reflection of our safety culture that extends throughout the organization. Our goal is to position ourselves as the Safe Sport leader in Canada and the world.  

Skate Canada has always strived to create a positive sport environment built on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun. We are proud to support the True Sport movement and its principles including: Go For It; Keep It Fun; Play Fair; Stay Healthy; Respect Others; and Give Back.

Sport can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including bullying and harassment, physical and sexual abuse and mental and physical injury. Our sections, clubs, skating schools, coaches, registrants, parents and all other stakeholders expect best-in-class safety programs that will address the full spectrum of issues. The complete Safe Sport framework we have developed does this.   Implementation will begin in the 2016-2017 registration season with the framework and specific initiatives for this season available to all via the Info Centre by August 1, 2016. 

For us to follow best-in-class standards and ensure sustainability of the Safe Sport initiative, a fee of $3 per registrant, which includes skaters, , coaches, club/school board members, officials and on-ice volunteers, will be implemented for the 2016-2017 registration season.  This fee is to be collected by clubs and skating schools in conjunction with the $32 registrant fee and the $0.65 accident insurance fee. Payment of this fee by clubs and skating schools will be collected by Skate Canada in the normal course.

This is a critical step in the development of the Safe Sport program and Skate Canada’s dedication to providing a safe and fun environment.  Additionally, we will be in a position to provide increased resources and support to clubs, schools, and sections. All fees collected will be used exclusively to support this initiative.  A framework progress report will be provided to all stakeholders periodically.

This article will be posted to the Info Centre in the following location: Safe Sport > General Information.  For questions on the Safe Sport Program, please contact safesport@skatecanada.ca

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