Thanks to a collaborative effort by the government, sports federations and various stakeholders that make up the Quebec sports community, a policy to protect the integrity of the individual is being implemented in all Quebec sports federations.
This new policy, which includes an independent officer to handle complaints, will establish a climate of confidence so that victims can expose abusers and file a complaint without fear of reprisals. From now on, the whistleblowing process will be standardized and equitable, and complaints will be analyzed objectively and independently.
For Isabelle Charest, the Government of Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, this is a major step in the world of sport, since up to now, each federation processed complaints differently, due to a lack of resources. “Since I became Minister, it has been really important for me that tools be put in place to improve the processing of complaints in the sports community. Thanks to the incredible work done in collaboration with the RLSQ, Sport’Aide and sports federations, starting today our federations will have access to a turnkey tool to manage cases of abuse and harassment. This is an approach that prioritizes the well-being of victims and which will allow complaints to be treated professionally. This is a very large step for the sporting world and I wish to thank all partners who have made this possible.”
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