Abuse-Free Sport unveils new resource: An Introduction to the UCCMS 

Abuse-Free Sport unveils new resource: An Introduction to the UCCMS

February 14 2024

Montreal (Quebec) — The Abuse-Free Sport program announces the launch of its new interactive resource: An Introduction to the UCCMS. This tool aims to simplify and facilitate a better understanding of the rights and responsibilities the entire sport community shares under the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).

Specially designed to make the fundamental concepts of the UCCMS accessible to the full community, this initiative adopts plain and precise language and has a friendly and intuitive interface ensuring a smooth user experience. Suitable for a broad audience at all levels of the Canadian sport system, it is accessible via most screen readers and offers high contrast text.

‘’The complexity and importance of the UCCMS motivated us to develop a tool to simplify the concepts presented in it. The objective is to promote an easier and more concrete understanding of the content in order to help participants identify and prevent prohibited behaviour in sport,” shared Kirsten Whelan, OSIC Director of Case Management Operations.

The resource tests user knowledge, provides simplified definitions and offers an informational framework to equip the Canadian sport community, with the goal of building a future of sport that is safer, more respectful and inclusive.

An Introduction to the UCCMS is available now on the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner website. In case of a discrepancy between the UCCMS and this interactive resource, the terms of the UCCMS shall prevail.

To access other Abuse-Free Sport programs and initiatives, click here.

About Abuse-Free Sport

Abuse-Free Sport is an independent program responsible for upholding and administering the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS). Abuse-Free Sport seeks to influence a positive shift in Canada’s sport culture and to foster safe, inclusive and welcoming sport participation through a variety of prevention, response and engagement initiatives. The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) operates as an independent division of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) to administer the UCCMS as part of the Abuse-Free Sport program. abuse-free-sport.ca


The SDRCC is a not-for-profit corporation created by federal legislation and funded by the Government of Canada. The mission of the SDRCC is to provide the sport community with a national alternative dispute resolution service and strengthen the culture of fairness in Canadian sport by resolving disputes quickly and efficiently and to provide expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution. The SDRCC is also mandated by the Government of Canada to implement an independent safe sport mechanism at the national level. crdsc-sdrcc.ca

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Liddia Touch Kol
Resource Centre Manager