U SPORTS, the national governing body of university sport in Canada, applauds Sunday’s announcement by the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on the Government of Canada’s latest initiatives for Safe Sport.

The Minister announced the creation of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) as well as new governance requirements for all organizations that receive funding from Sport Canada such as U SPORTS.

“U SPORTS and our members are committed to creating a safe environment for our 14,000 plus student-athletes,” said Pierre Arsenault, U SPORTS Chief Executive Officer. “In February 2020, U SPORTS made significant changes to its policies including the modification of our Code of Ethics, adopted a robust Policy Against Maltreatment in Sport and updated our Harassment and Discrimination Policy. As such, we welcome Sunday’s announcement and look forward to working with the Minister and her team to create a stronger, more inclusive Canadian sport system.”

U SPORTS policies apply to its 21 national championships as well as all U SPORTS All-Star teams, National teams and international competitions including the FISU Winter and Summer World University Games, World University Championships, University World Cups and various educational initiatives.

Collectively, U SPORTS and its 56 member institutions are the largest employers of coaching professionals in Canada and work in collaboration with the four conferences as well as the Canadian sport system and Corporate Canada on the growth and delivery of university sport to student-athletes across the country.