Statement of Commitment

Participation in sport does not always equal safety in sport. The goal of Safe Sport planning is to recognize, reduce, and respond to misconduct in sport at all levels.

When athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators participate in quality sport where experiences are positive and activities operate in an environment of respect and safety, everyone benefits.

Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport environment that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participants personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment.

As part of PacificSport Vancouver Island's commitment to Safe Sport our staff and board have completed Commit to Kids training and have signed the Responsible Coaching Movement Pledge.

How to report Maltreatment

Internal to PacificSport VI: New Document Coming July 2021

National Sport Helpline




Associated Policies

B.C. Universal Code of Conduct

The National UCCMS was the foundation for creation of the BC UCC, with some B.C. specific modifications based on feedback from our Safe Sport Advisory Committee, sector leaders, MTACS, Sport Canada and other key advisors. At this time, the BC UCC outlines B.C.’s commitment to Safe Sport, responsibilities of sport participants and prohibitive behaviours. As we are not yet ready to launch a provincial mechanism to respond to reports of maltreatment, the code does not outline any specific response processes. Until the provincial response mechanism is in place (targeted for FY22/23), sport organizations should continue to use their organizational discipline and complaints policies (or equivalent) to respond. viaSport will continue to ask for the submission of aggregate data on the number of complaints received in order to understand the resources required to establish this resource.

PacificSport Vancouver Island Policy: New Document Coming July 2021

Additional Resources

Commit to Kids: The Commit to Kids (C2K) for Coaches online training empowers coaches and other sport leaders with practical information to helpf them enhance child and youth safety in sport. 

Respect in Sport: The Respect in Sport Activity Leader/Coach Program educates youth leaders, coaches, officials, and participants to recognize, understand, and respond to issues of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination.

CAC Safe Sport Training: Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment.

Rule of Two: The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable, and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present.

viaSport Addressing maltreatment

BC Helpline for Children: A confidential toll-free phone line for children and youth wanting to talk to someone - call 310-1234 (no area code required)

VictimLinkBC: A toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone and online service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

Resilience BC: Anti-Racism Network provides information about how to report incidences of racism and hate crimes if you are a victim or witness such incidences.