Safe Sport Overview
Rugby Canada recognizes its fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the Canadian rugby community. All members have a right to participate in a safe and inclusive environment free of abuse, harassment, and discrimination. Rugby Canada is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and processes for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct or maltreatment.
Rugby Canada Safe Sport Goal
Our goal is to provide a safe and quality experience for current and future rugby communities across Canada.
INTEGRITY is central to the fabric of the game and is generated through honesty and fair play.
The rugby community have a PASSION and enthusiasm for the game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global rugby family.
Rugby provides a spirit of SOLIDARITY that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.
DISCIPLINE is an integral part of the game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the laws, the regulations and rugby’s core values.
RESPECT for team-mates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the game is paramount
Rugby Canadas Safe Sport Framework has three key pillars: Awareness, Prevention and Response – Each pillar is supported by resources and policies. The purpose of the framework is to provide a clear guide for all members to access resources and support required to implement safe and inclusive rugby programming.
Safe Sport Policy Suite
The Safe Sport Suite and corresponding Safe Sport Policy Manual has been developed by Rugby Canada and Sport Law and Strategy Group (SLSG) following an independent review. These policies are intended to promote a Safe Sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate, and meaningful action should any issues arise, but also to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of behaviour.
Recognizing the ongoing development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and the value of aligning its conduct standards with the national standard, Rugby Canada has indicated what Sections of the policy suite are aligned with the UCCMS and are indicated with an (*).
Rugby Canada is committed to protecting the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual that is involved in the Canadian rugby community. If a member is found to have breached any of Rugby Canada’s Safe Sport Policies, membership may be suspended or permanently withdrawn following a relevant and applicable disciplinary process.
The following is a list of individuals who have been suspended or expelled by Rugby Canada or its provincial or territorial associations. The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport requires this searchable database to include members who have been sanctioned and are currently ineligible to be involved in sport. The list is not a historical record of current or past members who have been suspended or expelled, it is a list of current or past members who are currently suspended or expelled from membership. When a suspension has been served and any additional probationary or educational measures have been fulfilled, the member will be removed from the list.