Safe Sport

Sport has the power to change lives. Rowing BC is a leader in adopting and promoting Safe Sport, where all participants can enjoy sport without fear of harassment or maltreatment. Safe Sport is the foundation on which all leadership, coaching, and participation is built.

This page includes:

  • Safe Sport Pillars
  • Further Safe Sport Resources
  • Safe Sport Training Resources
  • Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Safe Sport Pillars

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a call to action for sport organizations, parents, and coaches to enact responsible coaching across Canada – on and off the field.

The RCM is a multi-phase movement that affects all sport organizations and coaches across Canada. It stems from extensive and ongoing consultation with the sport community in Canada that showed us some of the systemic issues in sport, the role various parties play, and strategies for addressing these issues.

The Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport support the Canadian sporting community in improving practices that ensure the health, safety and well-being of all participants.

Learn more about the Responsible Coaching Movement HERE.

The successful implementation of Safe Sport relies on a harmonized approach across the country and across all sports. To support this, a Universal Code of Conduct has been created.

Learn more about the Universal Code of Conduct HERE.

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) has created a Safe Sport Policy Manual that will guide the harmonized implementation of Safe Sport at all levels of the Canadian rowing community. RCA’s Safe Sport Policy Manual is available here.

Rowing BC focused the February 2021 Monthly Conference Content Series topic on the Implementation of the RCA Safe Sport Policy Suite in BC. The presentation used during this session can be accessed HERE.

As part of Safe Sport, all coaches across Canada are required by March 31, 2021 to abide by the RCA Every Coach Certified initiative.

More information is available HERE.

Note that as of March 2020 all coaches and Board members are required to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screen. This requirement needs to be renewed every 3 years. Clubs will be required to ensure this has been completed for all active coaches. There are four ways to complete a Criminal Record Check/Vulnerable Sector Screen:

  1. Complete it in-person at your local Police or RCMP detachment, then deliver the hardcopy to your rowing organization. This option is Free for volunteers, $ for paid staff.
  2. Complete it online through using a passcode set up by your rowing organization to enable the completed CRC to be sent directly to your rowing organization electronically. Note: If you are the main representative of a rowing organization and need to set up online access, contact for support. Your organization can set up an account here. This option is Free for volunteers, $ for paid staff.
  3. Utilize CRC services provided by Sterling BackCheck, as endorsed by their partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron. More information available here. This option is $25.

Further Safe Sport Resources

The goal of Safe Sport is to create a culture where everyone can thrive, and where sport is safe for everyone. To accomplish this, everyone involved in sport has associated responsibilities. The resources specific to parents, coaches and sport organizations are provided below.

Sport Safety for parents, click here

Sport Safety for coaches, click here.

Sport Safety for Sport Organizations, click here.

National Safe Sport Helpline

Are you a victim or witness of harassment, abuse or discrimination in sport? Contact the Canadian Sport Helpline to share your concerns and be referred to the appropriate resources. Open from 8 am to 8 pm (ET) 7 days a week, it is anonymous, confidential, independent and bilingual.


The KidsHelpPhone service now includes text and web services as well as services for adults.

Other sport safety helplines are listed here.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection provides Commit to Kids for Coaches online training programs, information on travel policies, and other relevant resources.

More information is available here

Training Resources

The Coaching Association of Canada provides Safe Sport Training information.

More information is available here

The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and any other sport leaders with information and tools to help them enhance child and youth safety in sport. This training highlights the importance of understanding boundaries, sexual misconduct and reporting inappropriate behaviour.

More information is available here.

Respect in Sport advocates for the prevention of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination.

More information is available here.

Diversity and Inclusion Resources provides coaching resources and information for diversity and inclusion in coaching.

For more information about women in coaching, click here.

For more information about aboriginal coaching, click here.

For more information about LGBTQ+ athletes and coaching, click here.

For more information about coaching athletes with a disability, click here.

For more information about coaching masters athletes, click here

Aboriginal Sport Circle offers virtual cultural awareness training to sport organizations across Canada. This program is called The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada, a virtual classroom course in Indigenous cultural awareness.

For more information on this course, click here.

Aboriginal Sport Circle is Canada’s National voice for Aboriginal sport, physical activity and recreation.

For general information, click here.  

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport offers various programs to help Canadians navigate the issues that threaten positive sport experiences. This includes the True Sport program, Policy Templates and other relevant resources.

For more information, click here

Canadian Women in Sport offers a variety of resources, including Gender Equity E-Training and LGBTQ+ Leading the Way workshops.

For more information on Gender Equity E-Training, click here

For more information on the LGBTQ+ Leading the Way workshop, click here.

The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion is an organization following how people identify alongside demographic trends within the Canadian workplace with the goal of moving employers from diversity to inclusion.

For more information, click here. 

The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity works to empower gender and sexually diverse communities through education, research and advocacy.

For more information, click here

Special Olympics Canada have put together a series of infographics on Diversity and Inclusion to highlight key points from previous strategies and resources.

To access these infographics, click here