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GTHL Statement: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The Greater Toronto Hockey League remains committed to eliminating discrimination in the League, including intentional efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

The important need for the DEI work that the GTHL and its partners have been doing and will be doing going forward remains a top priority.

The GTHL continues our efforts to eliminate racism and discrimination in not only our League, but in our sport as a collective. The GTHL began this work in 2019, hosting “The Transition Game” Summit focusing on the culture of youth sport and diversity and inclusion.

The Transition Game Summit resulted in the development of the League’s new Strategic Plan. In addition, the GTHL appointed an Independent Committee to review racism and discrimination. The Independent Committee’s 2022 Report, Roadmap for Change contains a number of recommendations. 

STRATEGIC PLAN AND OTHER INITIATIVES: 

The League’s Strategic Plan has resulted in various work and initiatives being brought forward by the GTHL, the League’s members, and partners over the last three years, including the following:

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ACTIONS: 2020-21 

(Season Long Shutdown due to pandemic)

ACTIONS: 2021-22 

ACTIONS AND PLANNED ACTION: 2022-23

2019 Survey of Parents, Players, Coaches, and Members 

2019 Transition Game Summit Powered by Scotiabank – Shifting Culture in Sport 

2020 Town Hall on Racism and Discrimination in the GTHL 

2020 Appointment of Independent Committee on Racism and Discrimination 

2021 GTHL Family Demographics Survey  

2021 & 2022 Participant Organization in Hockey Equality Mentorship Summits 

2022 Participant –Carnegie Initiative Summit 

2022 Family Experience Survey

City of Vaughan work with Baitul Islam Mosque – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada in Vaughan 

GTHL Hockey Partner with TDSB SWAN Program in Lawrence Heights 

All Female Coach Development Program

City of Vaughan work with Baitul Islam Mosque – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada in Vaughan 

GTHL Hockey Partner with TDSB SWAN Program in Lawrence Heights 

All Female Coach Development Program 

Demographic study of existing participants 

Election of new directors with diverse backgrounds 

Seaside Hockey Joins GTHL Membership 

Partnership with Hockey Equality 

Prohibition on the use of Indigenous Names and Logos 

Attendance and support of Hockey Equality Mentorship Program 

Social media and campaigns highlighting players from various background  

Improved investigative and accountability strategy for discrimination complaints 

GTHL Transition Game Strategic Plan finalized and adopted 

Formation of Transition Game Advisory Committee 

Independent Committee Report Issued Publicly with 44 Recommendations, 14 of which had been all or partially initiated. 

All Female Coach Development Program 

Parent survey on culture, structure and experience

City of Vaughan work with Baitul Islam Mosque – Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada in Vaughan  

GTHL Hockey Partner with TDSB SWAN Program in Lawrence Heights 

All Female Coach Development Program 

Expanded Demographic Study – Measure year-over-year changes 

GTHL Leadership EDI Education Program 

Partnership with You Can Play 

Board and Staff EDI Education Program 

Indigenous Community Exchange Program with Whitefish River First Nation 

Summer Camp Program with Hockey Equality 

Scarborough Hockey Association work with Abu Bakr Mosque in Scarborough 

Toronto Board of Education Try Hockey Program 

Added education component to team building  

Hiring of a Management Staff Position Focused on Culture, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Execution of Hockey Equality Accountability Project 

Pilot Hockey Equality Certified Hockey Association Program 

Partner Organization with the Carnegie Initiative 

Movember & GTHL Moustache Cup – Promoting Mental Health Awareness for Athletes

In addition, the GTHL has progressed on the recommendations made by the Independent Committee. To date,  23 of the 44 Recommendations have either been completed or are currently being worked on.

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The strategies outlined in the GTHL’s Strategic Plan and the Independent Committee report identify the importance and value in partnering with external organizations. The GTHL is proud to have developed partnerships with several organizations including: Hockey Equality, the Carnegie Initiative, Seaside Hockey, Jumpstart, Respect in Sport Group, Movember, the NHL, the NHLPA, and You Can Play. The GTHL continues to meet with other important leaders who have the necessary expertise and experience to further help and support the League’s efforts.

The GTHL will continue to be a leading organization in this space, while striving to help other organizations in hockey create the change that is needed.

For more information, please contact: 

Stephanie Coratti

Greater Toronto Hockey League 

Manager, Communications and Marketing 

SCoratti@GTHLCanada.com 

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