The Black Girl Hockey Club Canada (BGHC Canada) is a non-profit organization that works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in ice hockey for Black women, girls, and non-binary individuals in Canada. BGHC Canada aims to create a community and safe space for Black hockey fans and players, where they can share their experiences, support each other, and advocate for change within the hockey industry. They work to empower Black individuals to participate in the sport of hockey by providing access to resources, mentorship, and opportunities for growth and development.
Seaside Minor Hockey Association is to provide assistance to visible minority youths in the GTA community to play hockey by removing financial barriers. Seaside Minor Hockey Association provides a safe and inclusive environment for youths and their families to enjoy hockey while delivering quality instruction.
Seaside Hockey will strive to provide quality leadership at all levels, and to develop the understanding of teamwork and sportsmanship in an atmosphere of fun and positive reinforcement for all players, families and volunteers.
Saroya Strong, a mentorship program created by Toronto Six defender Saroya Tinker. Her community of BIPOC women in sport connects virtually and through in-person events in Calgary, Toronto, and New York. Many of the over 55 members love hockey and together they focus on building a network that inspires each other to overcome struggles in a space where they can learn from one another and grow as women.
The Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2020 by current and former National Hockey League (NHL) players: Akim Aliu, Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart, Joel Ward, Evander Kane, Anthony Duclair, and Nazem Kadri. The organization's goal is to eradicate racism and intolerance in hockey and promote diversity and inclusivity in the sport. The HDA's mission is to promote diversity and inclusivity at all levels of hockey, from youth leagues to professional teams. The organization is committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for players, coaches, officials, and fans of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.
The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.
Hockey is for Everyone is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusivity, and equality in the sport of ice hockey. The organization was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League (NHL) as a way to encourage underrepresented communities to participate in the sport and to combat discrimination and prejudice in the hockey community.
Launched in 2015, Hockey 4 Youth’s mission is to increase social inclusion for new Canadian (newcomer) and high-priority youth through on and off-ice programming. Thy offer programs to 11 high schools in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and Montreal and will also be launching programming in Edmonton this year.
HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) is a Canadian organization that aims to empower marginalized youth by using ice hockey as a tool to teach life skills. They provide free hockey programs for at-risk children and youth, creating a safe and stable environment for them to grow, connect and succeed. The programs are designed to support the players' life journey by focusing on four core values: Listening, Respect, Discipline, and Having Fun.
The African Hockey Association (AHA) is a community-led response to diversity in hockey. The AHA was made possible through generous monetary and volunteer contributions. Most notably, ice time and free equipment were provided with the help of Steve Leon – District Business Manager at Merck Pharmaceuticals. As the program evolves, they aim to be a catalyst in driving more inclusion in the sport, with a focus on visible minorities.
Stewart Hockey was first established in 2014 by Anthony Stewart. After retiring from a 10-year professional hockey career he decided to give back to the hockey community that went above and beyond to help him and his brother Chris reach the NHL. Stewart Hockey's mission is to create an environment where players of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds can advance their hockey skills. Together with their hand-picked staff, they hope to inspire the next generation of leaders and athletes.
Hockey Equality is a non-profit organization that aims to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in ice hockey. They work to break down barriers and create opportunities for underrepresented groups, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those from low-income backgrounds, to participate in the sport. Hockey Equality partners with ice hockey organizations, schools, and communities to develop programs and initiatives that address systemic inequalities and create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants. Through education, advocacy, and outreach, Hockey Equality is committed to promoting social justice and equality in ice hockey and beyond.