The first-ever Canadian Sport Policy was established in 2002. It described a vision and goals for sport to the year 2012. Over the past two years, Canadians have been actively engaged in sharing their views on what sport should look like in Canada as part of consultations for the renewal of the Canadian Sport Policy post-2012. The consultation process has been comprehensive including community-based, provincial/territorial and national meetings as well as an e-survey. Reports from the consultations, together with the summary report prepared by the Conference Board of Canada, led to the creation of a discussion paper entitled “Towards a Renewed Canadian Sport Policy”. This paper, which was intended to provide the foundation for the renewed Canadian Sport Policy, was discussed at a National Gathering in November 2011. The Gathering comprised a broad spectrum of individuals from the community, provincial/territorial and national levels across Canada, including representatives from the sport sector and other related sectors as well as government officials.
CSP Renewal Overview
Two years in the making, and endorsed by federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation, the Canadian Sport Policy reflects the interests and concerns of 14 government jurisdictions, the Canadian sport community, and of the countless other organizations and agencies that influence and benefit from sport in Canada.
The Policy challenges all stakeholders to open sport to every segment of Canadian society. It welcomes and seeks to involve all those who do not currently consider themselves a part of either the sport community or the sport system, but have the potential and the desire to contribute.
Above all, the Policy seeks to improve the sport experience of all Canadians by helping to ensure the harmonious and effective functioning, and transparency of their sport system. The Canadian Sport Policy reflects a new approach to shared leadership and collaboration amongst all stakeholders to achieve the goals of enhanced participation, excellence, capacity and interaction in sport.
The Vision of the Canadian Sport Policy is to have, by 2012 a dynamic and leading-edge sport environment that enables all Canadians to experience and enjoy involvement in sport to the extent of their abilities and interests and, for increasing numbers, to perform consistently and successfully at the highest competitive levels.
This vision is supported by four goal statements:
- Enhanced Participation
A significantly higher proportion of Canadians from all segments of society are involved in quality sport activities at all levels and in all forms of participation.
- Enhanced Excellence
The pool of talented athletes has expanded and Canadian athletes and teams are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition through fair and ethical means.
- Enhanced Capacity
The essential components of an ethically based, athlete/participant-centred development system are in place and are continually modernized and strengthened as required.
- Enhanced Interaction
The components of the sport system are more connected and coordinated as a result of the committed collaboration and communication amongst the stakeholders.
F-P/T Ministers approved the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Priorities for Collaborative Action 2002-2005 at the same time they approved the Canadian Sport Policy. This joint action plan consisted of 13 priorities and 22 actions aimed at advancing sport in Canada according to the four goals of the Policy. F-P/T Ministers approved a second set of priorities for collaborative action at their conference in 2007 for the period 2007-2012, which included four priorities and 12 actions.