The two host provinces for next month’s world junior hockey championship are requiring the sport’s governing body to oversee anti-harassment and sexual assault prevention training for all staff and players ahead of the tournament.
Hosts Nova Scotia and New Brunswick also want Hockey Canada to sign an anti-harassment policy, following accusations that the governing body hasn’t done enough over the years to address alleged sexual assault involving players.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston says Hockey Canada is reviewing the conditions the host provinces imposed as part of a contribution agreement for the tournament, which begins Dec. 26. Nova Scotia is providing $2 million, and New Brunswick will spend $1.25 million.
“We’ve signed something from our side and sent something to them and we’re just waiting for their response,” Houston said Thursday. “We’ve asked them to take specific steps and we expect them to take them. We’re expecting that everyone is on the same page on this.”