PROMOTING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT2022-01-24T12:04:17-05:00

Canada Artistic Swimming believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport fully at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of Discrimination, Harassment, Maltreatment or other misconduct.

They also have a reasonable expectation that any Conflicts of Interest arising in connection with the sport will be appropriately managed. CAS takes any situation involving Discrimination, Harassment, Maltreatment or other misconduct, or any breach of the Conflict of Interest Policy, very seriously.

For this reason, CAS is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective Policies for preventing and addressing all forms of Discrimination, Harassment, Maltreatment and other misconduct, and for the avoidance and management of Conflicts of Interest. The Policies are intended to promote a safe and welcoming sport environment in a manner that allows for consistent, immediate, appropriate, and meaningful actions should any issues arise. The Policies are also intended to prevent issues from arising in the first place by communicating expected standards of conduct.

CAS also recognizes the recent development of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)   and its responsibility to integrate the UCCMS into its Policies. Since the UCCMS may continue to evolve in the future, CAS Policies incorporate key elements of the UCCMS as appropriate.

NATIONAL SAFE SPORT POLICIES

Safe & Welcoming Sport Policy Suite Overview2022-01-24T11:38:41-05:00

CAS believes that everyone in the sport has the right to enjoy the sport fully at whatever level or position they participate. Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free of Discrimination, Harassment, Maltreatment or other misconduct.

 Safe & Welcoming Sport Policy Suite Overview

Conduct Policy2022-01-24T11:11:57-05:00

Individuals and Organizations are expected to conduct themselves in all matters involving or impacting the Organizations or where they may be seen to be representing these Organizations, with integrity and in a manner that is consistent with these Organizations’ values and the highest standards of behaviour upon which the Organizations’ image and reputation rests.

  Conduct Policy

The purpose of this Conduct Policy is to foster a positive, safe, and respectful work and sport environment where:

  1. The Organizations’ values and expected standards of behaviour are understood, communicated, and lived by all Individuals and Organizations;
  2. There is adherence to all applicable laws, regardless of where the Activity or Event takes place; and
  3. The Individuals’ conduct is ethical, transparent and fosters confidence in the integrity of the sport and the Organizations.

The purpose of this Policy is also:

  1. To ensure the decisions and actions of Individuals and Organizations are consistent with the CAS mission, vision, values, and policies; and
  2. To define those actions and behaviours that are not permitted so that they are known to Individuals and Organizations and can be avoided.
Discrimination, Harassment & Maltreatment Policy2022-01-24T11:57:07-05:00

CAS and all of its PTSOs and Affiliated Organizations aim to provide a working and sporting environment where the dignity of the Individual is respected, free from any form of Discrimination, Harassment, and Maltreatment as defined in the Safe and Welcoming Sport Policy Suite Overview, including sexual Harassment.

 Discrimination, Harassment & Maltreatment Policy

This Policy applies to all Athletes, Employees, Volunteers, and any other person or Individual involved with the Organization’s Activities and Events. It applies to Discrimination, Harassment, or Maltreatment’s situations or behaviours that may occur during all of the Organization’s Activities and Events regardless of location.

Incidents of Discrimination, Harassment and Maltreatment occurring at CAS, a PTSO, or an Affiliated Organization’s level shall be dealt with in accordance with the applicable Policy. In absence of a PTSO or Affiliated Organization’s Discrimination, Harassment and Maltreatment Policy, the CAS Discrimination, Harassment and Maltreatment Policy will apply by default and CAS may decide, at its own discretion, to manage the issue in accordance with the CAS Discipline and Complaint Policy and Procedure.

Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)2022-01-24T11:20:03-05:00

The UCCMS will provide the foundation for the development of a coordinated implementation strategy to prevent and address maltreatment across all levels of the Canadian sport system, and for all participants (athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, practitioners, etc.). The UCCMS is a result of an extensive consultation process that sought insight and expertise from within the sport system and from external subject matter experts.

Conflict of Interest Policy2022-01-24T11:53:06-05:00

The purpose of this Conflict of Interest Policy is to provide guidance in identifying, avoiding and managing actual or perceived Conflicts of Interest involving the Organization.

  Conflict of Interest Policy

This Policy applies to CAS, its PTSOs and Affiliated Organizations, and all Individuals acting or making decisions on behalf of the Organization, including:

  1. Directors, officers, committee members, and Volunteers of the Organization;
  2. Employees and anyone under contract with the Organization;
  3. Officials; and
  4. All Persons in Leadership including decision makers of the Organization and any persons holding an official role or authority within the Organization.
Coach Registration & Certification2022-01-24T12:07:02-05:00

CAS and PTSOs are committed to creating a safe work and sport environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Coaches are expected to conduct themselves in all matters involving or impacting CAS or a PTSO, and where they may be seen to be representing CAS or a PTSO, with integrity and in a manner that is consistent with CAS and PTSO values and the highest standards of behaviour upon which CAS or a PTSO’s image and reputation rests. The purpose of this Policy is to outline the registration and certification requirements for coaching artistic swimming in Canada.

  Coach Registration & Certification Policy

This Policy applies to all individuals wishing to engage in the role of a coach for the sport of artistic swimming in Canada.

Screening Policy2022-01-24T11:52:21-05:00

Police record checks are an important part of the screening process to determine suitability of employees, board members, coaches, volunteers and other service providers. Police record checks can mitigate risk of theft and fraud and can help organizations identify individuals who pose a risk to minors and other vulnerable persons. Screening is an important part of providing a safe sporting environment and has become a common practice among sport organizations that provide programs and services to the community. CAS and its Members and affiliated clubs are responsible at law to do everything reasonable to provide a safe and secure environment for participants in its programs, activities and events. Requiring that valid police record checks, and other background checks as appropriate, be submitted, as part of the screening process, is part of this duty of care.

  Screening Policy

  Link to Online Screening Application Form  

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy2022-01-24T11:08:43-05:00

This Policy will:

  1. Promote the benefits, principles and opportunities of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within Canada Artistic Swimming and with all partners and stakeholders.
  2. Place athlete, coach, official, staff, and volunteer health and well-being at the forefront of all decisions, thus putting the person first over any outcome.
  3. Encourage individuals of all demographic groups, particularly those of underrepresented groups, and all genders, to become involved in the sport of artistic swimming as athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff, supporters and spectators.
  4. Create environments that welcome everyone to the sport of artistic swimming. Welcoming environments will help to increase the diversity of individuals and organizations involved in artistic swimming.
  5. Ensure that CAS serves as an example to the sport community, investing in programs that seek to promote, celebrate, and recognize diversity in society overall.

  Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Policy

This Policy applies to all of the following:

  • CAS and all of its registrants;
  • Employees and anyone under contract with CAS, a CAS Member or an Affiliated Organization and anyone attending the Organization’s offices or other workplaces for work or training-related purposes. This includes all persons working with teams or athletes, including coaches, medical and paramedical personnel and other support persons.
Discipline and Complaints Policy & Procedure2022-01-24T11:25:20-05:00

CAS, its PTSOs, and Affiliated Organizations are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment for all Registrants and Individuals participating in or contributing to the sport of artistic swimming in Canada. To achieve this objective, the Organizations wish to ensure that any unwelcome behaviour or conduct occurring within their Activities and Events and any other alleged breaches of their Policies can be reported, complained about, and managed properly, equitably and fairly.

 Discipline and Complaints Policy & Procedure

This Policy and Procedure applies to Reported Incidents or Complaints lodged against or involving current or past Registrants, Individuals, PTSOs or Affiliated Organizations arising from, or pertaining to the Organization’s Activities and Events.

Appeal Policy2022-01-24T11:53:30-05:00

The purpose of this Policy is to allow national level Athletes and national team Coaches to appeal CAS decisions described in Section 3 or 4 herein, and to allow Individuals to appeal decisions of a PTSO or Affiliated Organization that has adopted this Policy, without recourse to external legal or judicial procedures.

 Appeal Policy

REPORTING AND RESOLUTION PROCEDURES

We take all incidents seriously. This is why we have reporting and resolution frameworks to address concerns within our community with respect and dignity. Our dedication to a safe environment is our top priority, and we will always act in a prompt, timely manner.

Find out more about reporting incidents here
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