The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) is the core document that sets harmonized rules to be adopted by sport organizations that receive funding from the Government of Canada to advance a respectful sport culture that delivers quality, inclusive, accessible, welcoming and safe sport experiences.
The UCCMS addresses:
- common principles and a commitment to advance a respectful sport culture;
- standard definitions of various forms of maltreatment, including grooming, neglect, and physical, sexual, and psychological abuse;
- a list of other prohibited behavior such as retaliation, failure to report maltreatment, intentionally filing false allegations, misuse of power, etc.; and
- a framework for determining appropriate sanctions against such prohibited behavior.
Following a review process led by the SDRCC, which included consultations with stakeholders of the sport community and further revision by an expert working group, version 6.0 of the UCCMS was published by the SDRCC on May 31, 2022. It is effective no later than November 30, 2022.
UCCMS ANNOTATED VERSION 1.0
The Annotated Version of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport is a document that contextualizes some of the UCCMS’ provisions to provide additional information which will guide its interpretation and application. These annotations are provided by the OSIC pursuant to its mandate under the Abuse-Free Sport program to administer the UCCMS. This document was initially published on April 13, 2023 and it will be updated and distributed periodically on a continuous basis.