Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN) is continuously working on developing programs with partners to be delivered across Canada.

Programming with CFL

Policy Development

In August 2015, the Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner, in partnership with EVA CAN, launched the National CFL Policy on Violence Against Women. This is a groundbreaking policy that has a core objective focused on the prevention of violence against women. It was developed by EVA CAN and has been designed to ensure that all CFL employees – players, coaches, officials, executives and staff – and its Member Clubs undergo mandatory education and orientation to the policy on an annual basis. It commits the CFL to respond to incidences and reports of gender-based violence, to assist those harmed by gender-based violence and seeks behaviour change on the part of perpetrators. The policy also aims to enhance the awareness and understanding of all current CFL members about gender-based violence and their respective roles and responsibilities in terms of policy implementation, prevention and response.


Training and Delivery

EVA CAN has developed workplace training on gender-based violence for each jurisdiction in Canada with a CFL team. The curriculum and handout materials have now been utilized in two rounds of national training for every coach, every player and every staff member of every CFL team. An on-line, outcomes evaluation framework survey was also designed and implemented with each team after the training.

Training was delivered by a retired BC Lions player with training and experience delivering the Be More Than A Bystander program along with anti-violence affiliates in the local area of the team.

In-person training was also delivered to the CFL Head Office during 2016 and 2017.

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Permanent Consultant on Critical Incidents

Another element of EVA CAN’s programming with the CFL is to act as the Permanent Consultant on critical incidents. As the CFL are experts in football and not gender-based violence, they seek the input and advice from us whenever a related incident arises. The aim is that those harmed by gender-based violence receive appropriate and timely support, that any decisions made are in keeping with ongoing concerns for the safety of women, children and the surrounding community, and that those harming others are assessed and offered help as well.