The Evolution of the Safe Sport Initiative

The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) was launched by the Coaches Association of Canada (CAC) in June 2016, and introduced to the rowing community at the 2016 Rowing BC AGM. Since then, Rowing BC has been a leader in adopting and promoting safe sport, where all participants can enjoy sport without fear of harassment or maltreatment. Through education for coaches and officials, professional development sessions, and engagement with club administrators, Rowing BC has been working diligently to embed the core values and processes of the RCM in our sport. 

All sports in Canada are now (late 2020) in the process of introducing Safe Sport policies and guidelines, based on a new Universal Code of Conduct (UCCMS). Read the draft of the UCCMS HERE. Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is working to create a National Safe Sport Policy, that will be published as a Safe Sport Manual. It is expected that this manual will be published by the end of March 2021. Rowing BC is working closely with RCA to develop these policies, and looks forward to this journey with RCA to create a better sport world for all.

Every Coach Certified Initiative 

An integral part of implementing Safe Sport standards is RCA’s Every Coach Certified initiative. A reminder to all member organisations and their coaches that all rowing coaches in Canada must have completed the Every Coach Certified requirements by March 31 2021 in order to be able to continue coaching.

Please contact Rowing BC Para Coach and Coach Coordinator, Martin George if you would like any more information.

Criminal Record Checks

Note that as of March 2020 all coaches 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. This option is Free for volunteers, $ for paid staff.
  3. Complete it online through using a passcode set up by Rowing BC to enable the completed CRC to be sent directly to Rowing BC electronically instead of to your local rowing organization. Email Rowing BC’s Manager of Coach Education, Martin George, for the required passcode. This option is Free.
  4. Utilize CRC services provided by Sterling BackCheck, as endorsed by their partnership with Rowing Canada Aviron. More information available here. This option is $25.

Safe Sport Training Module 

The CAC has developed a Safe Sport Training module for all sport organisations. Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. Rowing BC strongly recommends that all member organisations have not only their coaches take this free training module, but their administrators as well. 

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.

Athletes Can is the collective organization of Canadian National Team Athletes that works to ensure an athlete centered sport system.

For more information, click here

The Rule of Two is a principle to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. 

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

The Sport Information Resource Centre works to advance sport and physical activity through knowledge. 

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.

The NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Training equips coaches to handle challenging ethical situations and be able to identify the legal, ethical and moral implications of difficult situations in team and individual sport.

More information is available here

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

More information is available here.

Gymnastics Canada provides a value-based coaching module coaching tool.

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

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has created The Locker, a centralized coaching database for all Canadian Coaches. Through creating a free Locker account, coaches can access coaching modules including Aboriginal Coaching Modules: Holistic Coaching, Racism, Health and Wellness and Special Olympics Canada Diversity and Inclusion Module.

To login to an existing Locker account or create a new profile, click here.

NextGenMen is an organization working to create brave spaces to engage, educate and empower boys and men on gender and equity.

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