Sport participation

The Government of Canada encourages sport participation and physical activity through strategic investments in Canada's sport system. These investments include funding to help children and youth and under-represented groups (for examples: women and girls, persons with a disability and Aboriginal peoples) through a number of activities managed by Sport Canada.

Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport

The Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities has convened a Working Group on Gender Equity in Sport to gather the experiences, perspectives and insights of 12 champions for gender equity in sport and to provide a range of views and advice on strategies to better understand and serve the specific needs of women and girls in sport.

Concussions in sport

The Government of Canada recognizes that too many individuals experience concussions during sport and recreation activities, sometimes with tragic outcomes. Concussions in sport are a recognized public health issue because of their frequency and their potential short- and long-term consequences.

Financial Support for Organizations

Financial contributions through Sport Canada to recipient organizations such as Canadian Tire Jumpstart, ParticipACTION and Physical health and Education Canada support a variety of projects and activities aimed at getting Canadian children and youth involved in sport and physical activity. These contributions help increase access to sport programming, to assist in sport promotion, and to teach children the basics of physical activity (Physical Literacy).

National Sport Organizations, National Multisport Service Organizations and Canadian Sport Centres and Institutes support sport development through training and competitive sport.

Sport Development Pathway

Sport Canada also helps children and youth participate and excel in sport through the implementation of Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), a Federal-Provincial/Territorial framework promoting competency in fundamental motor skills. Sport Canada supports each stage of sport development by providing programs and services to help grow athletes, coaches, officials and leaders.

  • Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement that improves the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada through improved athlete training and coordination in is a collaborative framework that promotes competency in fundamental motor skills and keeping Canadians active for life with recreational sport and physical activity.
  • A key feature of CS4L is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) that provides a developmental pathway that helps Canadians to play, train and compete from childhood through all phases of adulthood.

In 2013-2014, Sport Canada provided approximately $7.2 million to specifically promote participation in sport for children and youth through the following organizations: ParticipACTION; Motivate Canada; Physical Health Education Canada (PHE Canada); Canadian Tire Jumpstart; KidSport; Le Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, and B2ten.

Bilateral Agreements with the Provinces and Territories

The Government of Canada encourages sport participation and physical activity among children and youth by supporting sport participation projects and activities through bilateral agreements with provinces and territories.

There are two primary objectives of the bilateral agreements:

  1. to introduce sport through programming that supports physical literacy at the early stages of athlete development
  2. to increase opportunities for under-represented groups to actively participate in sport as athletes, coaches, officials or volunteers.

For information on the initiatives undertaken in these bilateral agreements which are led by the provinces and territories, please refer to the table below for the contact person in your province or territory.

Provinces and territoriesContact personTitlesDepartmentsE-mail addressTelephone number
Alberta Eoghan Curran Sport Consultant Ministry of Culture and Tourism (780) 422-7108
British Columbia Milena Gaiga Sport Consultant Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (250) 356-5183
Manitoba Amanda Daurie Regional Sport Development Officer Department of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection (204) 925-5907
New Brunswick Ransford Lockhart Go NB Coordinator Department of Healthy and Inclusive Communities (506) 453-8774
Newfoundland Jaime Collins Manager of Programs and Strategic Initiatives Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development (709) 729-0855
Northwest Territories Colin MacPherson Sport and Recreation Programs Advisor Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (867) 873-7988
Nova Scotia Dawn Stegen Director of Regional Services Department of Health and Wellness (902) 424-4408
Nunavut Kyle Seeley Director Department of Community and Government Services (867) 793-3301
Ontario Pamela Bullard Manager, Community Programs Unit Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (416) 314-7684
Prince Edward Island Jo-Anne Wallace Western Region Coordinator Department of Health and Wellness (902) 859-8861
Quebec Nathalie Tabouillet Sport Advisor Ministry of Education, Higher Learning and Research (418) 646-6137 ext 3651
Saskatchewan Darin Banadyga Executive Director, Sport, Recreation and Stewardship Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport (306) 787-0685
Yukon Tara Wardle First Nation Community Recreation Consultant Department of Community Services (867) 667-5227

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