Context and Purpose
Federally-funded sport organizations in Canada must take all necessary measures to create a workplace free from harassment, abuse or discrimination. In particular, they must allocate funding in order to secure the assistance of an independent third party to manage cases of harassment and abuse.
The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has expanded its expertise in order to offer, as a pilot project, a list of independent, qualified investigators to assist sport organizations in handling complaints and allegations.
Initially announced in the fall of 2018, the Investigation Unit has been fully operational since December 2018. The Unit’s services are supervised by an Advisory Committee and provided by preselected investigators who have received sport-specific orientation and training. Remuneration conditions, operational norms, policies and quality control guidelines have been established to ensure the smooth functioning of the pilot project.
As part of the implementation of the new independent safe sport mechanism by the SDRCC at the national level, members of the Investigation Unit will be appointed by the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner to conduct investigations into alleged violations of the Universal Code of Conduct to prevent and address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), on behalf of program signatories.
Various precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure that the work done in the context of the Investigation Unit remains separate from the SDRCC’s arbitration services, not only on the ground but also from a management perspective. Click here to learn more about these measures.
The Investigation Unit’s services are offered on a voluntary basis to all sport organizations funded by the federal government in Canada.
Any other sport organization working at the provincial or local/community level can also access the Investigation Unit’s services.
The Investigation Unit’s services are offered on a fee-for-service basis. The fees associated with the hiring of an Investigator, the conduct of an investigation, and any necessary travel expenses, are the exclusive responsibility of the client.
Recognizing the financial constraints with which federally-funded sport organizations operate, a strict remuneration policy has been established in the context of the pilot project in order to ensure reasonable costs and accessible services. However, the strict remuneration policy will not necessarily apply for other sport organizations. It will be at the discretion of the chosen investigator.
Potential clients can communicate with the SDRCC to obtain a copy of the Remuneration Policy. The Investigators agree to respect the terms of this policy when they are retained by a federally-funded sport organization in Canada to lead an investigation, unless the client wishes to negotiate different financial arrangements with the Investigator.