ONTARIO HOCKEY FEDERATION WORKING WITH HOCKEY CANADA TO REMOVE DISCRIMINATION IN THE SPORT

ONTARIO HOCKEY FEDERATION WORKING WITH HOCKEY CANADA TO REMOVE DISCRIMINATION IN THE SPORT

Date: Jun, 16, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, ON (June 16, 2020) – The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), in partnership with Hockey Canada and its member partners, will be working to implement new guidelines in regards to any type of discrimination around the game.

In the 2019-20 season, there were 348 gross misconduct penalties (“GRM-21”) assessed for a racist or other discriminatory comment in the 82,330 games played in the Ontario Hockey Federation. More specifically, this number includes comments made on sexual orientation, gender, race, religion and disability.

The OHF is aware that this number is not indicative of the comments that on-ice officials do not hear, and will be working to eliminate discrimination within any facet of the game of hockey. We need to be the leaders in creating a safe and inclusive environment for all participants. For that reason, several initiatives are being enhanced as the OHF engages in education, continued respect and enforcement, on and off the ice.

Following Hockey Canada, a key OHF element includes supporting the Respect in Sport program, a national online training course that empowers and educates coaches and activity leaders on the prevention of abuse, bullying, harassment and discrimination, builds a holistic culture of respect within the sport community and provides fundamental training tools which enables all coaches and activity leaders to become even better role models for the young athletes in their care.

“The OHF has always strived to support any approach to make the game enjoyable, safe and respectful for everyone involved, but now is an important time to ensure that we are doing that,” says Phillip McKee, OHF Executive Director. “It’s time for all associations to work together and create meaningful change.”

As well, the OHF will work with Hockey Canada to support their lead on establishing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Team whose mandate will include enhanced tracking and reporting linked to our playing rule 9.2(f) to support its on-going commitment to making progress towards a better future, creating a requirement in the new registration database to help identify racialized participation in Hockey Canada programs, which should begin in the 2021-22 season, establish a Task Team to focus on issues of gender identity and inclusion and enhance diversity within the Hockey Canada Board of Directors, which will include a minimum of two males and two females following elections in the fall of 2020.

Another important aspect of the OHF’s work with all organizations is its active collaboration and support of the Greater Toronto Hockey League establishing an independent committee to address issues of racism and discrimination in hockey. The OHF will be provided with the independent committee’s findings in order to implement better practices in regards to incidents of racism and discrimination across our jurisdiction.

ABOUT THE OHF

The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is the recognized as the Provincial Sport Organization for the sport of Hockey and is the largest member of Hockey Canada operating alongside the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA)Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) and Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) as governing bodies for amateur hockey in Ontario. The OHF operates within a structure that is comprised of seven member partners: Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (ALLIANCE), Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA)Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). Each operating under specific programs to their area or jurisdiction, following Hockey Canada and OHF Regulations, Rules and Policies.