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The Ottawa Sport Council is pleased to announce its ninth annual Ottawa Sport Summit, The Past, Present, and Future of Community Sport in Ottawa, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at the RA Centre (Clark Hall).

In 2023, the Ottawa Sport Council is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In reflecting on the 10 years, we recognize that community sport in Ottawa has experienced a significant amount of change, yet some challenges are ever-present. In looking at the 2008 True Sport Report: What Sport Can Do and the Power of Sport: The True Sport Report 2022, here’s what we can see about the community sport sector:

  • The percentage of volunteer time spent by Canadians in the sport sector has declined nearly 9%, indicating that the volunteer pool for sport organizations is shrinking.
  • Minimal government funding continues to create financial challenges for community sport; however, it is reported that 84% of Canadians believed that it was important for the government to provide funding to community sport.
  • Barriers to access community sport persist for equity-deserving groups, however the research base supporting inclusive sport has expanded significantly (as reported in the Power of Sport: The True Sport Report 2022).
  • Overall sport participation among Canadians has increased since 2008, with the most notable increase being among girls and women (more than 3% increase).

Despite the ongoing challenges, many that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains true that more than 90% of Canadians continue to believe that sport has the power to be a positive influence for youth, contributes to good health, and can strengthen communities.

We invite you to join us for our sport summit, The Past, Present, and Future of Community Sport in Ottawa, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, where we will reflect on community sport and the Ottawa Sport Council over the last 10 years, discuss the current state of community sport in Ottawa, and dive into the future with innovative minds.

As always, one of the Sport Summit’s goals will be to create dialogue between attendees. In addition to creating space for reflection and future innovation, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with peers and learn from the experiences of others.

Event Details

This is a free event. We do ask participants to consider making a minimum $35 donation to the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation. The Ottawa Sport Council Foundation has been created to provide sporting organizations with grants to improve inclusion in sport. Tax receipts will be provided.

More details and registration information will be made available in October. We hope you will join us for this valuable opportunity.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 8:30 to 13:00

RA Centre, Clark Hall
2451 Riverside Dr., Ottawa, ON K1H 7X7

For further information, please visit our website or contact:

Marcia Morris
Executive Director,
Conseil du sport d’Ottawa Sport Council

About the Ottawa Sport Council

As the unified voice of amateur sport in Ottawa, the Ottawa Sport Council (OSC) facilitates advocacy and growth for all community sport organizations.

We believe that there should only be positive experiences in sport.