Canada Soccer becomes the latest to join Ottawa’s Abuse Free Sport program – National | PKBNEWS

Canada Soccer is the latest national sports organization to sign an agreement to join Abuse Free Sport, the federal government’s program to prevent and address abuse in sport.

Soccer’s governing body will have access to the new Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which is the hub of abuse-free sport, after a transition period that will end no later than March 1.

Canada Soccer also fully embraces the University Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Abuse in Sport (UCCMS).

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Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge has given national sports organizations an April deadline to sign with OSIC, or risk losing federal funding.

Athletes in many sports, including gymnastics, bobsleigh and skeleton, have spoken out about abuse in their sports, amid what St-Onge called a “safe sport crisis” in Canada.

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Canada Soccer participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will have access to the organization’s independent third-party services until March 1.

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