The University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission and Sylvia (Bryson) Dooley have reached an agreement following the Labour and Employment Board’s March 2, 2016 ruling compelling UNB to reinstate a women’s varsity hockey team.
UNB had applied for a judicial a review of the ruling, and had also struck a task force in June 2016 to review the matter. The task force recommended the parties enter a settlement conference to attempt to resolve the issues in dispute.
The parties participated in a settlement conference in accordance with the New Brunswick Rules of Court which occurred in November. The settlement provides the following terms, agreed upon by all parties:
- UNB agrees to reinstate women’s varsity hockey at the Atlantic University Sport and U Sports Canada level starting in the 2018-2019 season
- UNB agrees to revisit its gender equity policy and will provide the Commission and Sylvia Dooley with its revised policy no later than September 1, 2017;
- UNB agrees to withdraw its application for judicial review;
- UNB agrees to:
- Hire a full-time head coach;
- Invest in the infrastructure of the Aitken Centre to create a new coach’s office, therapy room and locker room for the women’s varsity hockey team;
- Provide a head coach with resources to build the team and recruit student athletes;
- Provide resources for equipment and player supplies;
- Provide athletic financial awards.
All parties respect the outcome of the settlement conference.