Canada Soccer becomes the latest to join Ottawa’s No Abuse Sports program – National

Canadian football is the latest national sports organization to sign an agreement to participate in Sports No Abuse, the federal government’s program to prevent and address abuse in sports.

The governing body for football will have access to the new Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), the central hub of Abuse-Free Sports, after a transition period that will end no later than March 1.

Canada Soccer is also fully implementing the University’s Code of Conduct for the Prevention and Addressing Abuse in Sports (UCCMS).

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Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge has given national sports organizations an April deadline to sign off on OSIC, or risk losing federal funding.

Athletes in a variety of sports including gymnastics, tobogganing and skateboarding have spoken out about abuse in their sports, amid what St-Onge called a “crisis.” sports safety crisis” in Canada.

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Canada Soccer participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will have access to the organization’s independent third-party services until March 1.

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