As the National Sport Organization (NSO) for shooting in Canada, the SFC is committed to promoting a safe and welcoming sport environment in which everyone is treated with respect, fairness and inclusion. The SFC believes that you, as athlete, coach, official or volunteer, have the right to safely practice the sport of shooting. The SFC, through a variety of initiatives, has developed programs and resources to help in your enjoyment of the various disciplines and events.
The Shooting Federation of Canada has adopted the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS).
This means that participants (competitors, volunteers, coaches, parents, officials etc.) involved in SFC sponsored events and activities should have the reasonable expectation that, when they participate in the target shooting sports in Canada, it will be in an environment that is free from all forms of Maltreatment. The SFC is committed to advancing a respectful sport culture that delivers quality, inclusive, accessible, welcoming and safe sport experiences. and one that treats every individual with dignity and respect.
Abuse-Free Sport is an independent program that is part of a growing national movement to rid Canadian sport of all forms of harassment, discrimination and abuse. As a Program Signatory, the Shooting Federation of Canada is an active player in this movement.
Unlike the previous approach, where each national sport organization created its own system for dealing with complaints of maltreatment, this is a centralized “one-stop shop.” It is independent and led by experts in their fields, using education and research to prevent maltreatment at all levels of sport.
The Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (the Office) serves as the central hub. It operates independently to administer complaints about alleged violations of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS). You can find the quarterly and annual activity reports and statistics of Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner here.
Where there are admissible allegations of abuse, harassment or discrimination, the Office conducts independent investigations and recommends sanctions against individuals who violate the UCCMS.
The Office will also maintain a national sanctions registry, which prevents individuals from evading sanctions be moving in different sports or in different jurisdictions.
For designated participants within our organization, there is access to a wide range of resources, including victim services and referrals to specialized mental health professionals and experienced lawyers – all of it available in English and French.
The Shooting Federation of Canada has developed the SFC’s Mental Health Strategy in partnership with Sport Pyschologist Susan Cockle.
Shooting Federation of Canada participants will continue to have access to independent third-party services through ITP Sport & Recreation for conflict resolution, member complaints and, for those who are not signatory to the OSIC, allegations of maltreatment and anyone who has experienced or witnessed abuse.
The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has implemented the confidential, toll-free, Canadian Sport Helpline for any victims or witnesses of harassment, discrimination, or abuse in sport. The number can be accessed via call or text and will provide you resources, advice and assistance for your situation.
In collaboration with Respect in Sport Group, the SFC is proud to offer the Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders eLearning module to our membership. The focus of this training is on the importance of acting as role models in a sports leadership area, building a positive sports environment, and educating in the areas of bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination (BAHD).
The following training will be eligible for professional development (PD) points that registered coaches are able to use to build towards their coaching certification. If you're interested in collecting PD points from this training please be sure to click "allow" in the section relating to the transfer of data to the NCCP Locker.
Although the risk of suffering a concussion in the practice of the shooting sports is very low, the Shooting Federation of Canada (SFC) recognizes the severity of short and long-term consequences for those sustaining a concussion and the importance of concussion prevention. The Shooting Federation of Canada has developed the SFC’s Concussion Protocol to help guide the management of athletes who may have a suspected concussion while participating in target shooting sport activities.