Canadian Sport System
Many organizations make up Canada’s sport system, each playing their own role. Some provide Canadians with access to sport and help athletes participate and succeed in competitions. Others are responsible for hosting sport events.
- National Multisport Service Organizations
- National Sport Organizations
- Canadian Sport Centres and Institutes
Government Participation in Sport
Canadian Sport Policy
The common thread between the governments, institutions and organizations that are part of our sport system is the Canadian Sport Policy. The current Canadian Sport Policy, effective from 2012 to 2022, sets a direction for all governments, institutions and organizations to make sure sport has a positive impact on the lives of Canadians, our communities and our country.
Objectives of the Canadian Sport Policy
- Introduction to sport: Canadians have the fundamental skills, knowledge and attitudes to participate in organized and unorganized sport.
- Recreational sport: Canadians have the opportunity to participate in sport for fun, health, social interaction and relaxation.
- Competitive sport: Canadians have the opportunity to systematically improve and measure their performance against others in competition in a safe and ethical manner.
- High performance sport: Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition through fair and ethical means.
- Sport for development: Sport is used as a tool for social and economic development, and the promotion of positive values at home and abroad.