Sport Funding and Accountability Framework

The Sport Funding and Accountability Framework (SFAF) is the tool used by Canadian Heritage to identify which organizations are eligible to receive Sport Canada contributions under the Sport Support Program.

Prior to being considered for funding through the Sport Support Program, organizations must proceed through the SFAF process. There are four stages to the SFAF process:

Sport Canada is in the process of designing a new funding framework. As such, no new eligibility applications will be accepted at this time.


A comprehensive set of requirements is used to determine an organization’s eligibility to be assessed for funding.


Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria proceed to the next stage of the SFAF, the assessment stage. Here, an evidence-based assessment process evaluates each eligible organization against a series of objective and qualitative criteria across a broad range of performance indicators the areas of governance and management, programs and services and engagement and communication.

For each SFAF assessment, there are various components which are rated and weighted to determine an organization’s final score.


After completing the assessment stage, organizations are provided with their assessment score which determines their planning reference level. Organizations must use this planning reference level to develop an annual funding application for consideration according to the Contribution Guidelines in order to receive a contribution under the Sport Support Program.


The final stage of SFAF is accountability. All organizations funded through the Sport Support Program are required to work towards the National Standards outlined in the Sport Canada Accountability Framework for National Sport Organizations/Multisport Service Organization by incorporating the accountability policy areas (including expected outcomes) within their strategic and operating plans.

While the Framework applies equally to all organizations, the principle of flexibility and customization will apply to each organization’s implementation strategy, given our recognition of the varying strengths and capacities of organizations.

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