Safe Sport

The Oakville Aquatic Club believes that everyone; swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Important Contacts:

  • The Canadian Sports Helpline
    1-888-837-7678 - info@abuse-free-sport.ca - http://abuse-free-sport.ca/en/
    The helpline will provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

  • Canadian Centre for Child Protection
    protectchildren.ca/
    If you have concerns about a child, or if you are a victim (survivor) or a family member of a victim, you may contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for information or support.

  • Kids Help Phone

    1-800-688-6868
    Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led text-based support for young people. Kids Help Phone’s free, anonymous services are available in both English and French.

  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness
    1-855-242-3310 or hopeforwellness.ca/
    A helpline dedicated to supporting First Nations and Inuit Peoples. Service is available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, English and French.

  • Trans Lifeline
    1-877-330-6366 or translifeline.org/
    A helpline dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The phone line is staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addition (CCSA)

    ccsa.ca/addictions-treatment-helplines-canada
    The Centre was created by the Canadian government to address and provide leadership on substance use in Canada.

  • Victim Services Government of Canada
    crcvc.ca/for-victims/services/
    The Canadian government provides a number of services to victims of crime, including emotional support, counselling, advocacy and safety planning.

  • Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)
    suicideprevention.ca/
    CASP’s goal is to reduce the suicide rate in Canada and to minimize the consequences of suicidal behaviour.

  • Swimming Canada Safe Sport Officer - safesportofficer@safe-sport.ca
    You may contact the Independent Safe Sport Official at safesportofficer@safe-sport.ca. This person is an independent third party who will guide you through the complaints process and/or explore other options. This Independent Official is empowered to supersede Swimming Canada staff and launch appropriate policies as required based on evidence or a situation reported. Your contact with the Safe Sport Official is confidential, subject to certain legal limits. The independent Safe Sport Official is a certified workplace harassment resources/investigator.

OAK Discipline and Complaint and Dispute Resolution Policies

Please see the OAK Policy Manual for these policies.

Canadian Sport Policies

The Canadian sport and physical activity sector is influenced by a number of diverse policy areas, including sport, physical activity and recreation; health; infrastructure; and diversity, equity and inclusion. The collection of resources below provides information about a current policy-related priorities, and a number of links to key publications.
sirc.ca/canadian-sport-policies/

Respect in Sport

Respect in Sport provides Safe Sport educational programs for all Swimming Canada participants, including coaches, officials, athletes, parents.

  • Respect in Sport Activity Leader
  • Respect in Sport for Parents
  • Respect in the Workplace

For more information on these programs, please click here.

Sport Safety

Resources for Coaches