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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 Volunteer Police Information Check Program is funded by the Government of Alberta and jointly administered by Alberta Culture and Community Spirit and Volunteer Alberta. Under this program, eligible nonprofit/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, a listing of which can be found here.

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 Olympic Committee SafeSport Resources

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.