You Can Play Project released today the following statement regarding Hockey Canada's dressing room policy:

We strongly support Hockey Canada's recent dressing room policy. 

This is about safety, well-being, and belonging for everyone — regardless of their gender, identity, religious beliefs, body image concerns, or personal considerations.

The aim should always be to ensure our locker rooms become environments that are welcoming and inclusive. Hockey teams at a youth level in Canada are as diverse as our country, often mixing talent, ability and genders. This decision is another important step forward for making hockey accessible to everyone, and to help keep more kids in sport. It could also be a catalyst for protecting youth in other sports.

We know that change is difficult and our work to create safer spaces in sport will always be a journey. You Can Play commends Hockey Canada as they continue to break down barriers, and uniting players from all backgrounds, into rinks across our nation.

Teams are stronger when everyone belongs. Kids are stronger when they know others support them. Canada is stronger when more of us play. 


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The You Can Play Project works to ensure the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ+ athletes, coaches and fans. We achieve this by creating a community of allies that is able to foster a true sense of belonging. This becomes possible when sports teams sharpen the focus on the person’s skills, work ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by developing a culture of respect, in every player, coach and fan.