UCCMS History and Background 

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The Red Deer Declaration, signed in February 2019, committed all federal, provincial and territorial sport leaders to the elimination of abuse, discrimination and harassment in sport.

That agreement led to an unprecedented collaboration, led by the Coaching Association of Canada and involving a series of Safe Sport Summits. These events built a solid national consensus on the need for decisive action. Summit discussions were informed by a University of Toronto study, in partnership with AthletesCAN and the Government of Canada, that confirmed the disturbing prevalence of maltreatment among current and former national team athletes.

The summits laid the groundwork for extensive consultations involving dozens of national sport leaders and subject matter experts from a broad array of backgrounds (e.g., child protection, criminal law, gender, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, athletes and coaches, and academics with expertise in child maltreatment and intimate partner violence).

The product of all of those discussions is the UCCMS, the first drafting of which was led by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport.

Version 6.0 of the UCCMS, which will become effective no later than November 30, 2022, can be accessed here: Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).