Athletics Ontario (AO) is committed to providing opportunities for every individual involved in the sport of athletics to enjoy the benefits of this involvement — be they related to recreation, social interaction, physical fitness, competition, volunteerism, or employment. Harassment, in its various forms, can interfere with the achievement of this objective.
Harassment is a form of discrimination. It is prohibited by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by human rights legislation in every province and territory of Canada. Harassment of any kind is offensive, degrading, and threatening. In its most extreme forms, harassment can be an offence under Canada’s Criminal Code.
To maintain a Safe Sport environment, Athletics Ontario has a Harassment Policy and process which you can view on our website. The Board of Directors feel very strongly about Safe Sport and stand firmly behind the AO Code of Conduct and Ethics Policy.
You can view our Harassment Policy both here and on our Policies and Governance webpage. We strongly encourage all members, coaches, athletes, parents, volunteers and officials, to read the FULL policies regarding the code of conduct and harassment.
We want our members and volunteers to feel safe and trust the sport system. It is crucial that safety in sport is understood and applied across all sports, with no exceptions.
Athletics Ontario Joins the Movement with Respect Group Inc.
Athletics Ontario (AO) announced in November 2019 that it will become Respect Certified. Athletics Ontario has joined the movement with Respect Group, a forward-thinking organization founded by former NHLer turned victims’ rights crusader Sheldon Kennedy to deliver training to equip employees with the education and skills needed to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD) in the workplace.
In our revised Membership Policy, we will be requiring that all Coaches complete the Respect Group’s program “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders,” before completing their renewal on Trackie. Please learn more about, and register for, the program here: https://athletics-canada-al.respectgroupinc.com/
The Respect Group Inc. has an additional program, the Parent Program, designed to help define a standard of behaviour for all parents and create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for everyone involved. Learn more here: https://www.respectgroupinc.com/respect-in-sport/#parent-program
Please contact us if you have taken this program already, through another sport.
Additional Safe Sport Resources:
Concussion Safety Resources:
Rowan’s Law Concussion Resources