Coaching Association of Canada
Gender-based Violence Project


As part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program, which supports Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is providing funding to the Coaching Association of Canada to build the capacity of coaches and other sport system stakeholders to prevent and address gender based violence in sport.

Coaches influence in the lives of youth is well-documented. Coaches are in a unique position to step in and stop parts of sport culture that may contribute to unhealthy relationship behaviour. This project will develop, implement and evaluate an educational program, available in English and French, to assist coaches in recognizing, preventing and addressing gender-based violence and teen dating violence, and to promote healthy relationships in and through sport.

Online educational resources and a toolkit will support coaches across Canada to address issues such as bystander empowerment, men and boys as allies in the prevention of violence, and locker room gender-based violence. The resources and tools will be shared with Canada’s National Sport and Multisport Service Organizations to complement efforts to address abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.

Project Research

Participate in the Gender-based Violence/Teen Dating Violence in Sport project research to help inform and enhance the development of the educational program for coaches.

The surveys will take approximately 10 minutes and will assess the educational and support needs of coaches in preventing and addressing gender-based and teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships in and through sport.

Athletes Survey

You must be aged 16-24 years to participate.

Coach Survey

You must be 18 years or older, with experience coaching athletes aged 16-24 years to participate.

Focus Groups

The University of Toronto will be hosting one hour online focus groups as part of the Gender-based Violence/Teen Dating Violence in Sport Project and is looking for coaches (18 years or older), who work with athletes between 16 and 24 years of age. If you wish to participate, read the letter of information and sign up here!

Task Force Members

  • Isabelle Cayer, Project Lead, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, CAC
  • Dr. Gretchen Kerr and Dr. Ashley Stirling, Project Research Team, University of Toronto
  • Saheed Khan, Former High Performance Athlete, Athletics Canada
  • Manon Landry Ouellette, Executive Director, Coach New Brunswick
  • Ilan Yampolsky, Director of Safe Sport and Integrity, Tennis Canada
  • Laura McPhie, Specialist, Sport for Development, Right to Play
  • Stephanie Talsma, Program Director, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
  • Mike Thompson, ChPC, National Coach, Entraîneur-chef, High Performance Centre - Québec, Swimming Canada
  • Kathy Brook, ChPC, Huron Secondary School Teacher, NCCP Master Coach Developer
  • Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Assoication of BC
  • Kristine Kassie, Executive Director, Chinook Sexual Assault Centre
  • Dr. Ivan Joseph, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Shaheen Sharriff, Co-Director, Institute for Human Development and Well-being (IHDW), McGill University
  • Wayne Parro, ChPC, Senior Coaching Consultant, eLearning, Coaching Association of Canada, Master Coach Developer

Please contact Andrea Johnson for more information