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 Sport 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).

In 2017-2018, Sport Canada provided approximately $3.4 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; and Le Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie.

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.

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.

The primary objectives of the bilateral agreements are:

  1. to support projects that strengthen physical literacy and children and youth participation that are compatible with the first three stages of Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) or programming at comparable stages that exist across jurisdictions;
  2. to support projects that provide opportunities for persons from under-represented and/or marginalized populations to actively participate in sport including in roles as athletes, coaches, officials and volunteer leaders.
  3. to strengthen Indigenous Capacity and Leadership for the Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs); and
  4. to increase culturally relevant sport programming for Indigenous children and youth at the community level.

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 territories Contact person Titles Departments E-mail address Telephone number
Alberta Aaron Lavorato Sport Consultant Department of Culture and Tourism (780) 427-6562
British Columbia Sharon White Senior Sport Consultant Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (250) 387-5651
Manitoba Amanda Daurie Regional Manager Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage (204) 925-5776
New Brunswick Shona Thibodeau Go NB Coordinator Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture (506) 470-1317
Newfoundland Jaime Collins Manager of Programs and Strategic Initiatives Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development (709) 729-0855
Northwest Territories Damon Crossman Manager of Sport and Recreation Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (867) 767-9166 ext 211110
Nova Scotia Dawn Stegen Director of Regional Services Department of Health and Wellness (902) 424-4642
Nunavut David Penney Manager Department of Community and Government Services (867) 793-3307
Ontario Darja Keith Senior Manager Policy Unit Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (416) 212-9311
Prince Edward Island Jo-Anne Wallace Amateur Sport and Region Coordinator Department of Health and Wellness (902) 859-8861
Quebec Éric Pilote Sport Advisor Ministry of Education and Higher Learning (418) 646-6137 ext 3660
Saskatchewan Jamie Toth Sport Analyst Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport (306) 787-7451
Yukon Tara Wardle First Nation Community Recreation Consultant Department of Community Services (867) 667-3778

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