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Hockey Canada has revealed that over 65 percent of player insurance fees go to the organization’s National Equity Fund.

In a letter to MP Peter Julian obtained by the Canadian Press, Hockey Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Smith provided an explanation of how registration and insurance fees were allocated.

General Liability Insurance ($8.90), Director and Officers Insurance ($2) and Security/Administrator ($2.75) are allocated to
Pay $13.65 out of $20.80 in the National Equity Fund and insurance fees to be paid.

Breakdown stated that general liability insurance would have been used to settle sexual misconduct claims, although Hockey Canada stated that the reserve fund would no longer be used for that purpose.

NDP Member of Parliament Peter Julian, seen here speaking during a press conference in Ottawa in March, received a letter from Hockey Canada president and CEO Scott Smith breaking down the allocation of registration and insurance fees. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Accidental death and amputation insurance ($5.15) and medical and dental insurance ($2) make up the balance, and are paid into health and benefits trusts.

Overall insurance makes up the bulk of the total registration fee of $23.80, with the other three dollars coming from assessment and registration fees.

Smith was responding to an August 22 letter from Julian, in which a member of the House of Commons Heritage Committee accused Hockey Canada of a lack of transparency regarding its use of registration fees.

“Hockey parents across the country deserve to know how their registration fees are used,” Julian said.

The National Equity Fund has placed Hockey Canada under scrutiny after the organization confirmed its existence in a statement on July 19, saying it was used to settle claims of sexual misconduct.

Hockey Canada said the next day that the funds would no longer be used to settle sexual harassment claims.

In a parliamentary hearing on July 27, Hockey Canada Chief Financial Officer Brian Cairo said the governing body has used the funds to pay $7.6 million in nine settlements related to sexual assault and sexual abuse claims since 1989.

That figure does not include the undisclosed amount of a 2018 settlement from an alleged sexual assault involving players from that year’s world junior team.

Julian also raised questions about the perks and luxury accommodation provided to the board members. Smith said the allowable expenses under the board of directors’ travel and expense policy — which includes airfare, accommodation, meals and ground travel — are regularly reviewed to make sure they are reasonable.

The MP said he had received information about the expenditure from a former board member, who had opted to remain anonymous. He said he was told of dinners for the board of directors costing north of $5,000, as well as accommodations costing more than $3,000 per night “such as the Presidential Suite at (Westin) Harbor Castle in downtown Toronto.”

“We can’t comment on the information you’ve received about specific food or accommodations because this information doesn’t come from Hockey Canada, but we don’t believe it to be accurate,” Smith replied.