Coaching Association of Canada

Coaching Association of Canada Joining Abuse-Free Sport on January 20, 2023

December 20, 2022

Press Release

OTTAWA, ON, December 20, 2022 – The Coaching Association of Canada™ (CAC) is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport.

The COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, and its stakeholders at the national level, will have access to the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport, following a transition period which will end no later than JANUARY 20TH 2023.

The COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA recognizes that safe sport is everyone’s responsibility. We’re fully committed to doing our part to support a growing national movement that is changing the culture of sport in this country. As part of that commitment, we’re pleased to sign on to Abuse-Free Sport and to soon have the OSIC to administer our safe sport complaints,” Lorraine Lafrenière, Chief Executive Officer of the COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA said. “The sport community has been asking for just this kind of consistent national program. It’s an important step forward for everyone involved in sport in Canada.”

During the transition period, COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA is completing full adoption of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), which it must do before it can become part of the Abuse-Free Sport program, and making the required policy changes.

Prior to January 20th, 2023, COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will continue to have access to independent third-party services through W&W Dispute Resolution Services at

There is more information about the Abuse-Free Sport program HERE, on the OSIC HERE, and on COACHING ASSOCIATION OF CANADA HERE.

About the Coaching Association of Canada

The Coaching Association of Canada unites stakeholders and partners in its commitment to raising the skills and stature of coaches, and ultimately expanding their reach and influence. Through its programs, the CAC empowers coaches with knowledge and skills, promotes ethics, fosters positive attitudes, builds competence, and increases the credibility and recognition of coaches. For more information, please visit, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Selma Baaziz

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