INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND ACCESS POLICY
The following terms have these meanings in this Policy:
a) "Individuals" – All members and registered participants, as defined by the Softball Canada bylaws, as well as all Individuals engaged in activities with Softball Canada, including but not limited to; athletes, coaches, referees, directors, managers and administrators.
b) "Underrepresented Group" – a group of individuals with shared personal characteristics that Softball Canada has identified as under-represented or one that has had barriers to accessing Softball Canada's resources, programs, and initiatives. This includes but is not limited to; children in low income families, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, newcomers to Canada, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.
Softball Canada is committed to providing a sport and work environment that provides fair and inclusive access.
The purpose of this policy is to outline Softball Canada’s commitment to inclusion and access in all programs, services, and operations.
SCOPE AND APPLICATION
This Policy applies to all Softball Canada Individuals, including, but not limited to; staff, Board members, volunteers, athletes, coaches, and officials.
Softball Canada prohibits discriminatory practices.
Softball Canada supports inclusion and access for all participants including those considered to be a member of an Underrepresented Group.
Softball Canada will endeavour to increase the opportunities for participation in Softball Canada leadership and programs by:
a) Supporting inclusion, equity, and access for Under-Represented Groups
b) Ensuring that the achievement of equitable opportunities is a key consideration when developing, updating, or delivering Softball Canada’s programs and policies
c) Ensuring that individuals from Under-Represented Groups have no barriers to participation in Softball Canada’s programs, training, and coaching opportunities
d) Dealing with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour according to Softball Canada’s Code of Conduct and Ethics and Discipline and Complaints Policy
Softball Canada will incorporate equity principles in all strategies, plans and actions of the organization, including its technical programs, operations, business management, sponsorship, marketing, media and communications.
Softball Canada will encourage balanced representation by Under-Represented Groups on its Board and on all committees.
Softball Canada will continually monitor and evaluate its inclusion, diversity, and access progress.
Softball Canada will ensure that Under-Represented Groups are portrayed equitably in promotional materials and official publications, and that gender-neutral language is used in all communications.
Softball Canada will continually monitor and evaluate its inclusion, equity, diversity and access progress.