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Safe Sport

Creating a Safe and Inclusive sport environment

Happy Sailing believes everyone involved in any role in the sport of sailing has the right to participate in a safe and inclusive sailing environment free of abuse, harassment, or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment. This right to fully enjoy the sport applies to everyone regardless of the level or type of sailing they participate in.


As such is committed to active evolution of their Safe Sport policies and practices to respond to the changing nature of Safe Sport in Canada. Our sport is continually working to support a focus on education, prevention, and response.


Please see our Safe Sport Policies package as well as the supporting resources below to learn more about how Happy Sailing is working to support ensuring a culture of safe sport in our organization and in turn in sailing in Canada and how you can play a role.


Have Concerns?

Reporting is critical in creating and maintaining a safe environment for sailing participants. Independent third-party complaints management is a directive of Canada’s Safe Sport Movement, driven Sport Canada.

How to file a complaint



The Canadian Sport Helpline, funded by the Government of Canada, is a confidential listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8 am to 8 pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text, or live chat, in the official language of their choice.

The helpline is:  1-888-83-SPORT  


Situations involving a member of any registered Coach/Instructor or Official (or a Sail Canada staff or volunteer)

Individuals above have been asked to agree to be an UCCMS Participant and abide by the Universal Code of Conduct and are subject to the process created by Sport Canada and the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner.

If the situation involves someone in any capacity who may fall under the umbrella of this system, the complaint should go directly to the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner through this portal:


All other situations

Sail Canada and the Provincial Sailing Associations have appointed an Independent Third Party who any participant can contact to discuss incidents of maltreatment or misconduct of any kind.

Individuals who are experiencing, or are aware of, any forms of maltreatment or misconduct, including a breach of the Sail Canada Code of Conduct or any policy, should contact the Independent Third Party designated to support sailing in Canada:

ITP Sport is available by using the online form or the toll-free 24/7/365: or by dialing 1-866-921-6714



If unsure who to reach out to please report to the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner who will redirect if needed.

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Happy Sailing’s Safe Sport Policy Package


Universal Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)

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Want to learn more about Safe Sport? We encourage you to take this short free Safe Sport Module offered by Coaching Association of Canada.

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