Safe and inclusive environments are those within which athletes can train and compete without fear of bullying, harassment or abuse. Tennis Canada is committed to protecting the security, safety, and health of its young people, vulnerable persons, staff and volunteers.

Tennis Canada demonstrates its commitment to safety by implementing current and comprehensive policies, delivering education and training, and by managing allegations and complaints compassionately, fairly and impartially.

If you have any safety concerns:

1.       If someone is in immediate danger, call the police (9-1-1)

2.       If you would like to file a complaint, click here to access our independent third party reporting mechanism.

3.       If you would like to discuss your safety concerns, please e-mail safesport@tenniscanada.com

Fostering a sport environment that is safe for all participants, at all levels of competition, is everyone’s responsibility. A safe sport environment is one that does not jeopardize an athlete’s mental, physical, emotional or sexual health and well-being but instead promotes strength, resilience and self-confidence.

Athletes, particularly those competing at high levels, may be vulnerable to attacks on their health and well-being from people they know – trainers and other athletes, for example – as well as from people they do not know – media and strangers through social media. It is essential that all participants are protected from harm through a combination of education and prevention initiatives, comprehensive and actionable policies and protocols, and compassionate and just crisis management.

The key areas addressed in the Safe Sport workplan include:

  • Policy Development and Planning to ensure policies are current and comprehensive
  • Crisis Management to ensure a level of preparedness in the event of an allegation
  • Communication to promote safeguarding
  • Insurance to ensure adequate coverage in the event of an allegation
  • Education and Prevention to establish an understanding of safeguarding across the organization, from junior athletes to governance volunteers
  • Sport Culture to collaborate with other national sport organizations to influence culture change

Specific safeguarding strategies will be built to address the unique needs and risks associated with the following positions:

  • Tennis Canada’s office staff
  • Tennis Canada’s Board of Directors
  • Certified coaches / members of the Tennis Professionals Association
  • Tournament volunteers
  • Short and long-term volunteer hosts
  • Officials
  • High Performance coaches

If you feel at risk of immediate harm, call 9-1-1. If you are in need of support and don’t know where to turn, the following organizations may be able to provide you with guidance:

Independent Third Party for Safe Sport Concerns

Tennis Canada knows how important it is to provide a safe, secure, and independent way of reporting issues that are impacting an individual directly or that they have become aware of. Tennis Canada has enlisted the services of an Independent Third Party company called Whistleblower Security. To report a concern, please contact their 24/7/365 bilingual hotline at 1-866-921-6714.

Additionally, you may get in touch with the Independent Third Party organization Integrity Counts at their email address or via their website.

Canadian Sport Helpline
Call: 1-888-83SPORT (77678)
Email: info@abuse-free-sport.ca

Kids Help Phone
Call: 1-800-688-6868
Text “CONNECT” to 686868

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

Hope for Wellness Help Line
Call: 1-855-242-3310

Trans Lifeline
Call: 1-877-330-6336

LGBT Youth Line
Call: 1-800-268-9688

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
To report images of online child exploitation, visit the CyberTip website.

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
Call: 1-866-633-4220, 416-340-4156

Sport’aide
Call: 1 833 211-AIDE (2433),  1 833 245-HELP (4357)

For access to educational resources on violence and abuse prevention, bullying and mental health, please explore the following:

For information on background checks, which are commonly required for volunteers or employees of most organizations, please consult the Tennis Canada Background Checks Guide.

With regards to conducting record checks on youth under the age of 18, more information is available here.

Please click on the corresponding links below for information regarding the relevant topic.

Tennis Canada Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct (the “Code”) is founded on the highest ethical standards of treating all persons with fairness and respect, ensuring the full and fair participation of all persons in the sport of tennis, and facilitating the fair, equitable, transparent and timely resolution of disputes

Tennis Canada is committed to leading the growth of tennis in Canada by promoting an environment that is free from all forms of Neglect and Maltreatment, and that reflects its core values of teamwork, passion, integrity, innovation, excellence, and accountability.

This Code is meant to protect all individuals and identifies the standard of behaviour Tennis Canada expects of its Personnel, Athletes and Coaches, as well as the consequences of non-compliance. It is incumbent upon every individual to voluntarily comply with the Code and all of Tennis Canada’s policies as outlined in the Cover Note that are applicable to the individual. Tennis Canada encourages the Reporting of all violations of the Code, especially incidents of alleged Neglect and Maltreatment, regardless of who the offender may be.

To review our Code of Conduct, please click below:

Tennis Canada Safesport Code of Conduct – EN

Tennis Canada Code de Conduite de Sécurité dans le Sport – FR