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 individual’s integrity 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.
Curling Québec is proud to make this incredible resource available to our community, and we are available to answer all questions about this matter.
You can find the “I File a Complaint” button on the right side of every page of our website to facilitate access in a time of need.
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 sport. 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 approach prioritizes the well-being of victims and will allow complaints to be treated professionally. This is a huge step for the sporting world, and I wish to thank all partners who have made this possible.”
For Sport’Aide, which collaborated directly in these measures, this is an important step. “This step confirms once again the Government of Quebec and the sporting community’s willingness to take care of our young athletes and ensure that they have a positive sporting experience. These measures, along with those implemented in the last few years, meet significant needs and respond to challenging societal issues. In short, a major step which shows once again that Quebec is a leader when it comes to safe and secure sports environments,” states Sylvain Croteau, General Manager of Sport’Aide.
Finally, for prevention and awareness among the people concerned, information and training tools are now available to athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, and volunteers involved in our sport on our web page dedicated to this powerful initiative.