Privacy Policy

For not-for-profit organizations in Ontario, the privacy of personal information is governed by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). This Policy is based on the standards required by PIPEDA as interpreted by the Association


1. The following terms have these meanings in this Policy:
a) “Association” – Guelph Saultos Gymnastics
b) “Commercial Activity” – any particular transaction, act or conduct that is of a commercial character.
c) “Individual” - All categories of membership defined in the Association’s Bylaws, as well as all individuals employed by, or engaged in activities with, the Association including, but not limited to, athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, managers, administrators, committee members, and directors and officers of the Association.
d) “Personal Information” – any information about an individual that relates to the person’s personal characteristics including, but not limited to: gender, age, income, home address, home phone number, ethnic background, family status, health history, and health conditions.
e) “Stakeholder” – Individuals employed by, or engaged in activities on behalf of, the Association including: coaches, staff members, contract personnel, volunteers, administrators, committee members, and directors and officers of the Association


2. The Association recognizes Individuals’ right to privacy with respect to their Personal Information. This Policy describes the way that the Association collects, uses, safeguards, discloses, and disposes of Personal Information.

Application of this Policy

3. This Policy applies to all Stakeholders and Individuals in connection with personal information that is collected, used or disclosed during Association activity.

4. Except as provided in PIPEDA, the Association’s Board of Directors will have the authority to interpret any provision of this Policy that is contradictory, ambiguous, or unclear.


5. The Association is obligated to follow and abide by PIPEDA in all matters involving the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information.

6. In addition to fulfilling the legal obligations required by PIPEDA, the Association’s Stakeholders will not:
a) Publish, communicate, divulge, or disclose to any unauthorized person, firm, corporation, or third party any Personal Information without the consent of the Individual
b) Knowingly place themselves in a position where they are under obligation to any organization to disclose Personal Information
c) In the performance of their official duties, disclose Personal Information to family members, friends, colleagues, or organizations in which their family members, friends, or colleagues have an interest
d) Derive personal benefit from Personal Information that they have acquired during the course of fulfilling their duties with the Association
e) Accept any gift or favour that could be construed as being given in anticipation of, or in recognition for, the disclosure of Personal Information Accountability
7. The Privacy Officer is responsible for the implementation of this policy and monitoring information collection and data security, and ensuring that all staff receives appropriate training on privacy issues and their responsibilities. The Privacy Officer also handles personal information access requests and complaints.

The Privacy Officer may be contacted at the following address: Email:

8. The Privacy Officer will:
a) Implement procedures to protect personal information
b) Establish procedures to receive and respond to complaints and inquiries
c) Record all persons having access to personal information
d) Ensure any third party providers abide by this Policy
e) Train and communicate to staff information about the Association’s privacy policies and practices.

Guelph Saultos Gymnastics 377 College Avenue West, Guelph, ON Tel: (519) 837-3335

Identifying Purposes

9. The Association may collect Personal Information from Individuals and prospective Individuals for purposes that include, but are not limited to:

a) Sending communications in the form of e-news or a newsletter with content related to the Association’s programs, events, fundraising, activities, discipline, appeals, and other pertinent information
b) Publishing articles, media relations and postings on the Association’s website, displays or posters
c) Award nominations, biographies, and media relations
d) Communication within and between Stakeholders and Individuals
e) Discipline results and long term suspension list
f) Checking eligibility status Registration, Database Entry and Monitoring
f) Registration of programs, events and activities
g) Registration and database entry at the applicable National or Provincial Sport Organization
h) Database entry at the Coaching Association of Canada and to determine level of coaching certification, coaching qualifications, and coach selection.
i) Database entry to determine level of officiating certification and qualifications
j) Determination of eligibility, age group and appropriate level of play/competition
k) Athlete Registration, outfitting uniforms, and various components of athlete and team selection
l) Technical monitoring, officials training, educational purposes, sport promotion, and media publications Sales, Promotions and Merchandising
m) Purchasing equipment, coaching manuals, resources and other products
n) Promotion and sale of merchandise


o) Travel arrangement and administration
p) Implementation of the Association’s screening program
q) Medical emergency, emergency contacts or reports relating to medical or emergency issues
r) Determination of membership demographics and program wants and needs
s) Managing insurance claims and insurance investigations
t) Video recording and photography for personal use, and not commercial gain, by spectators, parents and friends
u) Video recording and photography for promotional use, marketing and advertising by the Association
v) Payroll, honorariums, company insurance and health plans

10. The provided that consent specifying the use of the Personal Information is obtained from the Individuals or prospective Individuals. Association’s Stakeholders may collect Personal Information from Individuals and prospective Individuals for other purposes, Consent

11. By providing Personal Information to the Association, Individuals are implying their consent to the use of that Personal Information for the purposes identified in the Identifying Purposes section of this Policy.

12. At the time of the collection of Personal Information and prior to the use or disclose of the Personal Information, the Association will obtain consent from Individuals by lawful means. The Association may collect Personal Information without consent when it is reasonable to do so and permitted by law.

13. In determining whether to obtain written or implied consent, the Association will take into account the sensitivity of the Personal Information, as well the Individuals’ reasonable expectations. Individuals may consent to the collection and specified use of Personal Information in the following ways:
a) Completing and/or signing an application form
b) Checking a check box, or selecting an option (such as ‘Yes’ or ‘I agree’)
c) Providing written consent either physically or electronically
d) Consenting orally in person
e) Consenting orally over the phone

14. The disclosure of Personal Information beyond what is required to fulfill the specified purpose of the product or service.

Association will not, as a condition of providing a product or service, require Individuals to consent to the use, collection, or

15. An Individual may withdraw consent in writing, at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions. The Association will inform the Individual of the implications of withdrawing consent.

16. The Association will not obtain consent from Individuals who are minors, seriously ill, or mentally incapacitated. Consent from these individuals will be obtained from a parent, legal guardian, or a person having power of attorney.

17. The Association is not required to obtain consent for the collection of Personal Information, and may use Personal Information without the Individual’s knowledge or consent, only if:
a) It is clearly in the Individual’s interests and the opportunity for obtaining consent is not available in a timely way
b) Knowledge and consent would compromise the availability or accuracy of the Personal Information and collection is required to investigate a breach of an agreement or a contravention of a federal or provincial law
c) An emergency threatens a Individual’s life, health, or security
d) The information is publicly available as specified in PIPEDA

18. The Association is also not required to obtain consent for the collection of Personal Information if the information is for journalistic, artistic, or literary purposes.

19. The Association may disclose Personal Information without the Individual’s knowledge or consent only:
a) To a lawyer representing the Association
b) To collect a debt that the Individual owes to the Association
c) To comply with a subpoena, a warrant, or an order made by a court or other body with appropriate jurisdiction
d) To a government institution that has requested the information and identified its lawful authority, if that government institution indicates that disclosure is for one of the following purposes: enforcing or carrying out an investigation, gathering intelligence relating to any federal, provincial, or foreign law, national security or the conduct of international affairs, or administering any federal or provincial law
e) To an investigative body named in PIPEDA or a government institution, if the Association believes the Personal Information concerns a breach of an agreement, contravenes a federal, provincial, or foreign law, or if the Association suspects the Personal Information relates to national security or the conduct of international affairs
f) To an investigative body for purposes related to the investigation of a breach of an agreement or a contravention of a federal or provincial law
g) In an emergency threatening an Individual’s life, health, or security (the Association will inform the Individual of the disclosure)
h) T o an archival institution
i) 20 years after the individual's death or 100 years after the record was created
j) If it is publicly available as specified in PIPEDA
k) If otherwise required by law Accuracy, Retention, and Openness

20. In order to minimize the possibility that inappropriate Personal Information may be used to make a decision about a Member, Personal Information will be accurate, complete, and as up-to-date as is necessary for the purposes for which it will be used.

21. Personal Information will be retained as long as reasonably necessary to enable participation in the Association programs, events, and activities, and in order to maintain historical records as may be required by law or by governing organizations.

22. The Association’s Stakeholders will be made aware of the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of Personal Information and are required to comply with the Association’s Confidentiality Policy.

23. Personal Information will be protected against loss or theft, unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use, or modification by security safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the Personal Information.

24. Personal Information that has been used to make a decision about an Individual will be maintained for a minimum of one year in order to allow the individual the opportunity to access the Personal Information after the decision has been made.

25. The Association will make the following information available to Individuals upon request:
a) This Privacy Policy
b) Any additional documentation that further explains the Association’s Privacy Policy
c) The name or title, and the address, of the person who is accountable for the Association’s Privacy Policy
d) The means of gaining access to Personal Information held by the Association
e) A description of the type of Personal Information held by the Association, including a general account of its use
f) Identification of any third parties to which Personal Information is made available Access

26. Upon written request, and with assistance from the Association after confirming the Individual’s identity, Individuals may be informed of the existence, use, and disclosure of their Personal Information and will be given access to that Personal Information. Individuals are also entitled to be informed of the source of the Personal Information, and provided with an account of third parties to which the Personal Information has been disclosed.

27. Unless there are reasonable grounds to extend the time limit, requested Personal Information will be disclosed to the Individual, at no cost to the Individual, within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written request.

28. Individuals may be denied access to their Personal Information if the information:
a) Is prohibitively costly to provide
b) Contains references to other individuals
c) Cannot be disclosed for legal, security, or commercial proprietary purposes
d) Is subject to solicitor-client privilege or litigation privilege

29. If the Association refuses a request for Personal Information, it shall inform the Individual the reasons for the refusal and identify the associated provisions of PIPEDA that support the refusal. Compliance Challenges

30. Individuals are able to challenge the Association for its compliance with this Policy.

31. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Association will:
a) Record the date the complaint is received
b) Notify the Privacy Officer who will serve in a neutral, unbiased capacity to resolve the complaint;
c) Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by way of telephone conversation and clarify the nature of the complaint within seven (7) days of receipt of the complaint
a) Appoint an investigator using the Association’s personnel or an independent investigator, who will have the skills necessary to conduct a fair and impartial investigation and will have unfettered access to all file and personnel
d) Upon completion of the investigation and within thirty (30) days of receipt of the complaint, the investigator will submit a written report to the Association
e) Notify the complainant the outcome of the investigation and any relevant steps taken to rectify the complaint, including any amendments to policies and procedures

32. The Association will not dismiss, suspend, demote, discipline, harass, or otherwise disadvantage any the Association Individual or Stakeholder who:
a) Challenges the Association for its compliance with this Policy
b) Refuses to contravene this Policy or PIPEDA
c) Takes precautions not to contravene this Policy or PIPEDA; even though said precautions may be in opposition to the regular duties performed by the Individual.