Coaching Association of Canada

Gender-based Violence/Teen Dating Violence in Sport

As part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program, which supports Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is providing funding to the Coaching Association of Canada to build the capacity of coaches and other sport system stakeholders to prevent and address gender based violence in sport.

Coaches’ influence in the lives of youth is well documented. Coaches are in a unique position to step in and stop parts of sport culture that may contribute to unhealthy relationship behaviour. This project will develop, implement and evaluate an educational program, available in English and French, to assist coaches in recognizing, preventing and addressing gender-based violence and teen dating violence, and to promote healthy relationships in and through sport.

Online educational resources and a toolkit will support coaches across Canada to address issues such as bystander empowerment, men and boys as allies in the prevention of violence, and locker room gender-based violence. The resources and tools will be shared with Canada’s National Sport and Multisport Service Organizations to complement efforts to address abuse, harassment and discrimination in sport.


Project Research:

Participate in the Gender-based Violence/Teen Dating Violence in Sport project research to help inform and enhance the development of the educational program for coaches.

The surveys will take approximately 10 minutes and will assess the educational and support needs of coaches in preventing and addressing gender-based and teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships in and through sport.

The surveys will be open until February 26, 2020.

Athletes Survey

Read the letter of information and take the survey

You must be aged 16-24 years to participate.

Coach Survey

Read the letter of information and take the survey.

You must be 18 years or older, with experience coaching athletes aged 16-24 years to participate.

Focus Groups

The University of Toronto will be hosting one hour online focus groups as part of the Gender-based Violence/Teen Dating Violence in Sport Project and is looking for coaches (18 years or older), who work with athletes between 16 and 24 years of age. If you wish to participate, read the letter of information and sign up here!

  • Task Force Members

    Isabelle Cayer, Project Lead, Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Coaching Association of Canada

    Dr. Gretchen Kerr and Dr. Ashley Stirling, Project Research Team, University of Toronto

    Saheed Khan, Former High Performance Athlete, Athletics Canada

    Manon Landry Ouellette, Executive Director, Coach New Brunswick

    Ilan Yampolsky, Director, Safe Sport and Integrity, Tennis Canada

    Laura McPhie, Specialist, Sport For Development, Right To Play

    Stephanie Talsma, Programs Director, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)

    Mike Thompson, ChPC, National Coach, Entraîneur-chef, High Performance Centre – Québec, Swimming Canada

    Kathy Brook, ChPC, Huron Secondary School Teacher, NCCP Master Coach Developer:

    Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC

    Kristine Cassie, Executive Director, Chinook Sexual Assault Centre

    Dr. Ivan Joseph, Vice-Provost, Student Affairs, Dalhousie University

    Wayne Parro, ChPC, Senior Coaching Consultant, eLearning, Coaching Association of Canada, Master Coach Developer

Please contact Andrea Johnson at for more information.

This project has been funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.