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How safe is safe enough? How do you know?

Any organization that provides programs to the public has a moral, legal and spiritual obligation to institute appropriate risk management practices for its programs. This is not only the right thing to do; it is legally required under the principle of duty of care.  The 2011 fall of a 15-year-old athlete from an Edmonton hotel balcony should prompt organizations to review their risk management strategies and ensure they involve more than just the field of play.

The Freedom to Care website provides information and resources to support the non-profit sector’s understanding and implementation of the volunteer liability protections under the Freedom to Care Act. The Insurance Toolkit for the Voluntary Sector: A guide for non-profits and charities has been updated. Click here to download the toolkit.

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Volunteer Alberta has published a new guidebook that is a collection of good and emerging practices various organizations are doing to move their volunteer programs online or remote. It is meant to be a resource for organizations beginning, continuing, or enhancing their virtual volunteering activities.

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IntegralOrg's Risk Management Toolkit is a new resource that uses a series of quizzes to help your non-profit organization assess its capacity to manage risk. A customized dashboard supports the risk management champions in your organization to track and monitor their progress in the development of best practices and proactive strategies within major categories of risk.

The Vulnerable Sector Check Program is funded by the Government of Alberta and jointly administered by Alberta Culture and Status of Women and Volunteer Alberta. Under this program, eligible non-profit/voluntary sector organizations can have police information checks costs (from police services) covered for volunteers in eligible circumstances.

If you require a Police Information Check or Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check, the application process is now online only.

Below are links to a number of risk management resources. The  Edmonton Sport Council also holds a number of electronic resources applicable to Risk Management. Please contact the office for more information.

Best Practice Guidelines for Screening Volunteers

Volunteer Alberta - Screening Process

Volunteer Canada - Screening

Legacies Now: Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations

YouthSafe Outdoors

SDRCC: “Main Causes of Disputes and Prevention Strategies

Insurance Bureau of Canada

US Center for SafeSport

Parachute - injury prevention



Imagine Canada:


The Canadian Sport Risk Registry is a free, online database of examples of real organziational risks and solutions as identified by national sport organizations. It also includes a step-by-step template to help organizations identify, work through and manage different risks.

In regards to our risk management regarding these resources, we encourage you to review our disclaimer.