Hockey Canada is under pressure to make significant leadership changes amid growing scandals over how the organization has responded to reported cases of alleged sexual assault.
The sports organization has seen key corporate sponsorships withdrawn and harsh criticism from federal politicians, as it has so far resisted calls for daily changes. its leadership team.
In recent months, Hockey Canada has settled a lawsuit with a woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by eight Canadian Hockey League players, including members of Canada’s world youth team, in London, Ont., in 2018.
But other allegations that hockey players were involved in mass sexual assaults have since come to light, and it was revealed that Hockey Canada had paid millions of dollars for sex abuse settlements since 1989.
CBC’s Fifth Heritage reported that student hockey players were investigated by the police for at least 15 alleged group sexual assaults since 1989.
At the provincial level, two organizations stand out turned down Canadian Hockey about the handling of the scandal.
Calls for organizational reform were renewed after a new wave charges have been brought against the relevant regulator. Several provincial hockey federations, which collect fees on behalf of Hockey Canada, have come out against the organization, with some taking steps to prevent the transfer of those fees.
Hockey Québec was the first organization of the province to stand against Canadian Hockey and say it has lost confidence in the national governing bodywhile others have called Because change in leadership.
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Hockey Canada also faces pressure from corporate sponsors who have cut their financial support.
While some sponsors suspended or limited their sponsorship of Canadian Hockey over the summer, when the allegations against the organization first came to light, many brands have since gone public. distance from the hockey governing body.
According to Hockey Canada’s website, grants make up 27% of its funding.
For example, Canadian Tire, seems to permanently cut ties with Hockey Canadainstead directing support “to hockey-related organizations that better align with our values.”
Tim Hortons, Telus Corp. and Scotiabank have both withdrawn funding for the men’s program for the upcoming season, but will continue to support women’s, disability and grassroots programs.
Canadian hockey has also faced criticism from federal politicians, with Canada’s sports minister saying It’s time to organize! to clean the house.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that “significant change is needed” at Hockey Canada, and it is possible that a new organization could be formed to replace it.