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The term ‘Safe Sport’ is defined as “physical and emotional safety which includes concussion and injury prevention, and environments free from bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination and other forms of maltreatment”.

Sincere thanks to Sport Law for their facilitation of the toolkit development process and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous funding support. 


The following is an index of the toolkit assets that have been custom designed for Ottawa community sport organizations by 12 local clubs who participated in the Ottawa Safe Sport Toolkit initiative. This list details all custom assets highlighted in the Ottawa Safe Sport Toolkit including the Implementation Guide, videos, checklists, guidelines, and tips.

You can view and download the following Ottawa Safe Sport Toolkit assets by clicking on the links below.

If there is a resource which you think should be added to the Toolkit, please get in touch




  1. Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. This relates to participants within under-represented groups (i.e., individuals with socio-economic challenges or new Canadians with varied languages or cultural beliefs). 

  2. Accessibility can also be used in reference to access to services, facilities, and opportunities by individuals with a disability (i.e., ramps, elevators, braille, sign language interpreters, specific or specialized coaching, attitudinal preparedness, and inclusion policies, etc.)

Discrimination: differential treatment of an individual based on one or more prohibited grounds which include race, citizenship, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, or disability.

Diversity: the presence of a variety of people, experiences, and perspectives.

Equity: affording fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people. Striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some people or groups. 


Harassment: Comments or actions that are unwelcome or should be known to be unwelcome.


Inclusion: the sense of belonging that people feel in an organization or community. Belonging refers to the perception that you are part of a group and an essential member of that group. 


Intersectionality: the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage; a theoretical approach based on such a premise.


Safe Sport: physical and emotional safety, which includes concussion and injury prevention, and environments free from bullying, abuse, harassment, discrimination, and other forms of maltreatment. 


Systemic discrimination: refers to policies or practices that appear to be neutral on their surface but that may have discriminatory effects on individuals based on one or more of the grounds identified in the Ontario Human Rights Code.



A toolkit to help Ottawa sport organizations foster safe, welcoming and inclusive sport environments. 

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