Hockey Canada releases its plan to combat "toxic" culture

 | July 26, 2022

The plan includes a centralized tracking and reporting system for abuse complaints.

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Hockey Canada is taking steps to ensure that the culture will change around the organization. This comes after the second round of parliamentary hearings into the organization's handling of sexual assault complaints.

Details of the plan include putting together a centralized tracking and reporting system for abuse complaints by the end of September. These complaints will then be published annually to “hold Hockey Canada accountable.”

Hockey Canada will also publish an annual social responsibility report with information on complaints received at both the national team and subnational levels and a scorecard based on “key performance indicators.”

The organization didn’t specify which data on the complaints will be made public. However, it was noted that historical allegations of sexual assault will not be included.

Hockey Canada plans to implement enhanced screening for high-performance players as well. “Considering their behavior and track record outside of their time with Hockey Canada and outside of the rink.”

Breaching the code of conduct set by the organization could result in a lifetime ban.

Prior to the new plan revealed by the organization, the women's national hockey team issued a statement Monday directed at Hockey Canada and recent allegations.

The statement read: “All of the facts related to this terrible situation must -- and will -- come to light. After all, the only way to treat an injury is to acknowledge it fully.”

On July 18, the Canadian Press reported that Hockey Canada maintains a fund that draws on minor hockey membership fees to pay for uninsured liabilities, including sexual abuse claims. This fund will no longer be used to settle such claims.

The plan Hockey Canada is putting in place will also include mandatory chaperones for underage athletes at Hockey Canada events.

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