Support for sport partners

As part of its commitment to prevent and address maltreatment in sport, Sport Canada requires its funded organizations to have training in safe sport available to all who fall within their immediate authority. The Safe Sport Training module from the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is available at no cost to your members and meets the minimum standards for mandated safe sport training for Sport Canada-funded organizations. It comes with additional tools and resources to help you embed Safe Sport principles throughout your organization

Building a Safe Sport environment together

Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. Safe Sport Training was developed to help anyone involved in sport — whether you have direct contact with athletes or work in the background — to promote physical, psychological, and social health, in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport.


What will I learn?

Understand that everyone has a role to play in keeping sport safe, how the misuse of power leads to maltreatment, and the principles of the Universal Code of Conduct.

Learn about the various types of maltreatment, the conditions that enable them, and how to recognize signs that they may be happening.

Find out what to do if you suspect maltreatment, and how you can create a culture that protects all participants.

Want to know more?

Talk to your CAC Coach and Partner Services to get your organization set up on our platform, the Locker.

Go to the Locker

Why does Sport Canada require this training?

Sport Canada is committed to the health of athletes across Canada, and recognizes the damaging effects maltreatment can have on their physical, emotional and mental health. Safe sport training in line with the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport ensures that everyone involved in sports organizations can recognize maltreatment and take steps to prevent or address it. National Sport Organizations may also opt to use their own training, as long as it is compliant with the minimum standards.

How was the training developed?

In February 2019, after a series of nationwide safe sport consultation summits, federal-provincial-territorial sport ministers signed the Red Deer Declaration, committing to the elimination of abuse, discrimination and harassment in sport. In response, the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport was developed as a foundation for a coordinated implementation strategy to prevent and address maltreatment across the sport system in Canada. 

With the support of Sport Canada, a CAC Safe Sport Task Force for Mandated Training was developed to provide expert advice and feedback on the development and delivery of training activities to meet the goals and objectives of the mandatory training on harassment and abuse within the national sport system. The task force included representatives of national and provincial sport governing bodies, subject-matter experts, athletes, and advocacy organizations.


Why choose the Coaching Association of Canada’s Safe Sport Training module?

With Safe Sport Training from the Coaching Association of Canada, you get:

  • A complete program of safe sport training at no cost 
  • An eLearning module that works with all computer operating systems, mobile phones, tablets and other devices
  • Training in your choice of English or French
  • Online training that provides accessible options
  • Professional development points for certified coaches
  • A suite of marketing tools, resources and support to help promote Safe Sport Training

How Does it Work?

Step 1

Contact the CAC to confirm access to the Locker for your organization.

Step 2

Promote the training to your members. Have them create their own Locker accounts to complete the training.

Step 3

Work with the CAC to track and manage your members’ training through Locker reports.


Track your members’ training progress

Our Locker platform provides detailed reporting and analytics to help you monitor compliance and keep track of who has completed the training. View insights anytime and pull customized reports whenever you need them

Contact the Coaching Association of Canada to learn more.