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The Canadian Sport Policy is set to be renewed in February 2023. The renewed sport policy will help to identify Canadian sport priorities and provide guidance to Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments in advancing sport for the next 10 years (2023-2033).

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the Validation Sessions of the Draft Canadian Sport Policy next week. Please note that the Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Governments have adjusted the timelines and we will be delaying the validation period slightly.

Both the availability of the CSP Draft on the SIRC website (previously planned for November 10-20, 2022) and the validation sessions scheduled for November 14, 15 and 16 are being rescheduled. Your feedback remains crucial to the development of the next Canadian Sport Policy and we will forward updated invitations in the very near future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to info@sirc.ca.

Validation and Measurement Sessions

The Canadian Sport Policy helps to guide key policy, program, and funding decisions. With the renewal of the 2012 Canadian Sport Policy set to take place in 2023, all Canadians are encouraged to participate in the validation process. The purpose of the validation sessions is to receive feedback and insight on the new Canadian Sport Policy draft. There will be one measurement and logic model focused session and three validation sessions focusing on three different contexts.

Introduction to Sport

Date: TBD

The Introduction to Sport context is where children and youth learn and develop fundamental movement and sport skills, along with positive attitudes for themselves and toward sport leaders and fellow participants. Introduction to Sport is primarily delivered in communities by parents and caregivers, in schools through physical education and co-curricular sport programs, by municipal recreation departments, and by community sport organizations. This includes the early learning of movement, the skills and abilities needed to be physically active, and the introduction to various sport activities. Although some individuals come to sport for the first time as adults, they draw on a much different base of experience and ability than children and youth, so for the purpose of this Policy adults entering sport are included in the Lifelong Sport context and will be addressed during that validation session.

This session is ideal for individuals and organizations involved in the development and implementation of sport programs where children and youth are introduced to sport and learn fundamental movement and sport skills.


Lifelong Sport

Date: TBD

The Lifelong Sport context includes everyone who value sport for its many social and health benefits and participate with those benefits in mind. It has the greatest diversity of participants: young and old, participating in settings from highly competitive to relaxed and informal. In the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 this context was titled Recreational Sport. Lifelong Sport is delivered by diverse organizations including schools, municipal recreation programs, community sport organizations, as well as faith- and cultural-based groups and clubs, social groups, and private sport facilities and clubs. Self-organized activities are also common. Lifelong Sport includes all who take up a new sport in adulthood, strive for new challenges and personal bests, participate with old friends or young family, and enjoy sport for fun and health. It also covers the social benefits of community volunteerism, civic engagement, and independent organization by sport, social, cultural and faith groups to meet the needs of their members.

This session is ideal for individuals and organizations involved in the development and delivery of sport programs and activities throughout one’s lifespan.


Competitive Sport

Date: TBD

The Competitive Sport context includes youth and adult participants who have developed strong foundational skills and abilities, and gradually aim for performance at the highest levels of competition. In the Canadian Sport Policy 2012 this context included both Competitive Sport and High Performance Sport. Competitive Sport is delivered in educational settings (secondary schools, colleges, and universities), through community sport organizations, sport academies, and through Provincial-Territorial (PT) and National Sport Organizations (including PT and National Sport Centres). Athletes in this context may also be part of professional or semi-professional sport teams and leagues. Competitive Sport athletes who do not drop-out in early adolescence may choose to transfer between sports, participate in several complimentary sports, or choose to participate primarily for fun and health. Other athletes who continue along the high-performance path usually specialize in a single sport and become increasingly invested in competitive success.

This session is ideal for individuals and organizations involved in the development, delivery and hosting, of competitive sport programs throughout the country.


Policy Objectives and Logic Model (Completed)

Friday, October 28 – 2pm to 5pm EDT

This workshop was held during the 2022 SCRI Conference and focused on research and the evaluation of the new policy. Researchers and program evaluators attended this discussion on measuring the new Canadian Sport Policy and determining key performance indicators to ensure its impact on the sport sector.

For more information on this session email info@sirc.ca.


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