CORK believes everyone involved in any role in the sport of sailing has the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment free of abuse, harassment, or discrimination – collectively referred to as maltreatment. This right to fully enjoy the sport applies to everyone regardless of the level or type of sailing they participate in.

CORK is committed to providing everyone in the sport of sailing with a safe and positive experience. As such, CORK, in partnership with Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada, is committed to active evolution of our Safe Sport policies and practices.

CORK has adopted the Safe Sport Policy Package which can be found below. This Policy Package is made up of the following eight policies including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Protection Policy
  • Screening Policy
  • Social Media Policy
  • Whistle Blower Policy
  • Discipline and Complaints Policy
  • Appeals Policy


Reporting is critical in creating and maintaining a safe environment for sailing participants. Independent third-party complaints management is a directive of Canada’s Safe Sport Movement, driven by Sport Canada.



The Canadian Sport Helpline, funded by the Government of Canada, is a confidential listening and referral service monitored by live operators from 8am to 8pm Eastern time, 7 days a week. Users will have a choice of communicating via a toll-free phone line, email, text, or live chat, in the official language of their choice.

The helpline is: 1-888-83-SPORT



Sail Canada registered Coaches / Instructors and Officials (or a Sail Canada staff or volunteer) have been asked to agree to be an UCCMS Participant and abide by the Universal Code of Conduct and are subject to the process created by Sport Canada and the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner.

If the situation involved someone in any capacity who may fall under the umbrella of this system, the complaint should go directly to the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner through this portal:



Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada have appointed an Independent Third Party who any participant can contact to discuss incidents of maltreatment or misconduct of any kind.

Individuals who are experiencing, or are aware of, any forms of maltreatment or misconduct, including a breach of the Sail Canada Code of Conduct or any policy, should contact the Independent Third Party designated to support sailing in Canada:

ITP Sport is available online or by phone 24/7/365: or by dealing 1-866-921-6714



We have a comprehensive Screening Policy in place which includes requirements for Criminal Records Checks depending on your role as part of the effort to keep all participants safe.



We encourage everyone, especially those in leadership roles, to complete the free training module offered through Coaches Association of Canada.