Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) believes that everyone has the right to enjoy the sport at whatever level 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 abuse, harassment, or maltreatment. We are committed to making our culture better and are putting in place inclusive processes to help support our commitment to safe sport.
On December 29, 2022, WCL formally adopted the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) and joined the Abuse-Free Sport program. Complaints regarding alleged violations to the UCCMS should be filed with either Abuse-Free Sport or the Independent Third Party (ITP) for WCL. An overview on how to file a complaint to either Abuse-Free Sport or the ITP is outlined in the Reporting Mechanism (How To) section below.
OSIC Sport Environment Assessment
The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner of Canada (OSIC) has engaged Jennifer Hawkins, Lawyer at Southern Butler Price, to conduct a Sport Environment Assessment (the “Assessment”) for Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL). Ms. Hawkins has prepared a survey as part of the Assessment.
This survey is directed at athletes, coaches, officials and team support personnel at the national / international level, as well as WCL staff and Board of Directors. We will welcome responses from the broader community as well.
Your survey response will be sent directly to Ms. Hawkins and will not be shared with OSIC. The data collected from the survey will be anonymized and the final report will not disclose your name nor personally associate you with your survey feedback. The final report will be publicly available on OSIC’s Assessment Database at the end of the Assessment.
To provide your feedback, please click on the SURVEY LINK. The survey will remain open until September 15, 2023.
If you have a specific complaint of maltreatment that has not yet been addressed, in addition to completing the survey, we encourage you to contact OSIC (https://osic-bcis.i-sight.com/portal) or WCL’s Independent Third Party (https://app.integritycounts.ca/org/itpsport).
Canadian Sport Helpline
The Canadian Sport Helpline is here to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed / intervene appropriately in the circumstances.
Policies & Procedures
The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) is the core document that sets harmonized rules that have been adopted by Canadian National Sport Organizations and Multi-Sport Service Organizations. The goal of the UCCMS is 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 maltreatment;
- a list of other prohibited behaviour 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 behaviour.
The UCCMS is administered at the National Level by Abuse-Free Sport, a program created by the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) according to the mandate it received from the Government of Canada, for preventing and addressing maltreatment in sport. SDRCC is a non-for-profit organization created under the Physical Activity and Sport Act (S.C. 2003, c.2).
The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) is a functionally independent division of the SDRCC and is responsible to administer the UCCMS and relevant aspects of Abuse-Free Sport.
Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS)
WCL Safe Sport Policy Manual (including WCL Code of Conduct & Ethics)
WCL UCCMS Participants
WCL Complaint Procedure
WCL Appeal Procedure
Rule of Two Guidelines
WCL Concussion Protocol
Canadian Anti-Doping Program
Reporting Mechanisms (How To)
Independent Third Party
As part of our commitment to Safe Sport, WCL has enlisted the professional services of ITP Sport as our independent third party service provider. ITP Sport has partnered with Whistleblower Security Inc. to provide clients with a secure and independent reporting intake and case management system.
To file a complaint (allegations involving a breach of the UCCMS by Registered Participants and allegations involving a breach of the Code of Conduct) and to file an appeal:
- Link: https://app.integritycounts.ca/org/itpsport
- Phone Number (Canada): 1-800-758-9412
- Complete list of worldwide phone numbers can be found here: https://app.integritycounts.ca/call-the-hotline
Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC)
To report an incident (allegations involving a breach of the UCCMS by UCCMS Participants):
Training & Screening Requirements
External eLearning Resources (Coaching Association of Canada):
External Resources (Respect Programs):
WCL first partnered with Respect Group in 2017 as part of its broader commitment to Safe Sport and adopted mandated “Respect” training for staff and members of the Board of Directors. Respect Group was co-founded by former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy in 2004, and partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to create a best-in-class e-learning curriculum with the aim of preventing bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination (BAHD).
WCL is now providing access to training and education (on a user-pay basis) for staff, coaches, medical personnel and the BOD through “Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders” and for parents through “Respect in Sport for Parents” modules.
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders
For: Staff, Coaches, Medical Personnel, Team Leaders & BOD
Cost: $30 per person
Duration: 2.5 hours online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
Individuals with a NCCP number will receive 3 PD points upon completion
Respect in Sport for Parents
For: Parents and Family of Athletes
Cost: $12 per household
Duration: 1 hour online, does not have to be completed in one sitting
NCCP Making Head Way Concussion eLearning – Designed to help you gain the knowledge and skills required to ensure the safety of your athletes, this NCCP Professional Development module will make you concussion smart! Choose the Sport (Generic) module. You should expect to spend 60-90 minutes completing the module.
2016 Berlin Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport – This consensus document reflects the current state of knowledge on Concussion in Sport and is updated every 4 years by experts in the field.
Parachute: Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport – Parachute Canada’s national guideline that covers pre-season education and the recognition, medical diagnosis, and management of athletes who sustain a suspected concussion during a sport activity.
Parachute: Statement on Concussion Baseline Testing in Canada – Parachute Canada’s clarification of the role of concussion baseline testing for Canadian youth and adult athletes.
Concussion in Sport Resources – Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)
Concussion Awareness – Coaching Association of Canada (CAC)
Abuse-Free Sport Mental Health Support Program
Abuse-Free Sport Legal Aid Program
Game Plan Mental Health Support
Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport
Safe Sport Line (Manitoba)
Sask Sport Resource Line (Saskatchewan)
Responsible Coaching Movement
Respect in Sport
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Free Mental Health Chats (Respect + Kids Help Phone)
Jan 13, 2023 – Safe Sport Policy Manual Amendment on Independent Third Parties
Dec 29, 2022 – WCL Joins Abuse-Free Sport
July 8, 2021 – WCL Announces AGM Updates
June 18, 2021 – Safe Sport Information Session
Dec 07, 2020 – WCL Conducts Safe Sport Town Halls
Oct 22, 2020 – Safety First National Task Force completes Final Report
Sep 13, 2019 – Update on Report Concerning Independent Review of Coaching Culture for WCL
July 24, 2019 – Lessons From The Mat – A Commitment by Wrestling Canada to Shape a World-Leading Culture
July 11, 2019 – WCL Members Endorse Increased Safe Sport Initiatives
Dec 17, 2018 – Canadian wrestlers pen open letter to Sport Minister
Dec 03, 2018 – Report Concerning Independent Review of Coaching Culture for WCL
Dec 03, 2018 – Open Letter to Members
July 27, 2018 – WCL to Engage in Safe Sport Initiatives