Safe Sport is the establishment of a universal code of conduct and sanctions that will make sport safe for all athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and support staff; at every level of sport in Canada. Safe Sport is a collaborative effort across all levels of government and the sport sector.

The Government of Canada is committed to preventing maltreatment in all forms towards athletes. The National Sport Organization Safe Sport Working Group, has been established to provide leadership and advise on policy development. The Safe Sport Working Group is comprised of National Sport Organization representatives and multi-sport organization representatives.

Cross Country Nova Scotia

CCNS is committed to creating a Safe Sport environment for all cross-country ski participants within member clubs. Currently, club coaches are required to complete background screening. CCNS will ensure Safe Sport policies are implemented effectively, and resources accompanying the Safe Sport movement are easily available to all CCNS members.

The CCNS Board of Directors has endorsed the principles of the Responsible Coaching Movement  and with support from CCNS, the NS Provincial Cross Country Ski Team and member clubs are implementing the recommendations of the Responsible Coaching Movement.


The Canadian Sport Help Line has been launched as a component of the Safe Sport initiative. A partnership of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, Government of Canada, and Canadian Centre for Mental Health in Sport.

Canadian Sport Help Line

The Canadian Sport Help Line is a bilingual national toll-free confidential helpline for harassment, abuse and discrimination launched on March 11, 2019 and provides a safe place for victims and witnesses of incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport to report their concerns.

The Canadian Sport Helpline will provide callers with advice on the next steps they can take, as well as direct them to the most appropriate national and local services and resources available to them, including the police, child protection services, existing provincial/territorial helplines, or any other relevant services.

It provides professional listening and referral services by phone and text at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) and by email at, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, seven days a week.

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Safe Sport for All – Backgrounder | Government of Canada

The Government of Canada Developing a Nationwide Code of Conduct to Eliminate Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport | Government of Canada

National Sports Organization Safe Sport Working Group Presents Consensus Statements on pan-Canadian Safe Sport on the Prevention of Abuse and Harassment | Coaching Association of Canada

Minister Duncan Announces Support for Sport Organizations to Address Harassment, Abuse, Discrimination and Maltreatment in SportGovernment of Canada | Government of Canada

Minister Duncan Announces Stronger Measures to Eliminate Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport | Government of Canada

Red Deer Declaration: For the Prevention of Harassment, Abuse and Discrimination in Sport | Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

Backgrounder: Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport | Government of Canada

Safe Sport | AthletesCAN

Canadian Sport Helpline | Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada


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