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The Government of Canada’s new funding towards Gender Equity Research Hub will include two-day workshop in May

OTTAWA, May 2, 2019 – The Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC), in partnership with the Government of Canada, is bringing together sport practitioners, academics and policy experts to formulate a pan Canadian approach to tackling the barriers to gender equity in sport.

On May 1, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced $2.6 million in funding to design, create and implement a gender equity research hub to support applied research in sport. To determine the parameters of this research hub, SIRC will host a two-day workshop in late May, in Ottawa.

“SIRC is very pleased to be working together with the Government of Canada, our sport organizations and the research community on this important forum,” said Debra Gassewitz, President and Chief Executive Officer at SIRC. “Together we will promote best practices, relevant data and evidence that can have an impact on breaking down barriers and enhancing the participation and gender equity of girls and women in Canadian sport.”

By bringing together all key stakeholders, the investment will benefit and have long term impact throughout the sport system. Having a centralized research hub where researchers from across the country can share gender related research will enhance the knowledge transfer and raise awareness of new and relevant information.

“Girls and women deserve equal opportunities to participate in sport, follow their dreams and fulfill their potential. That’s why we’re committed to achieving gender equity in sport by 2035,” said The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “This research hub will allow us to better understand why girls and women decide not to participate in sport, or become sport leaders. As a scientist, athlete and coach, this is a very exciting project that will yield hard data that can be used to make real progress.”

Quick facts:

  • 41 percent of girls aged 3 to 17 and 84 percent of women do not participate in sport;
  • 38 percent of senior staff of national multisport service organizations are women;
  • 29 percent of board members are women; and;
  • 34.9 percent of certified coaches are women, and 30 percent of officials are women.


About SIRC:

Incorporated in 1973, SIRC, the Sport Information Resource Centre, has been the leading and most trusted source to learn, share and support Canada’s sport community for over 40 years.  We are committed to engaging with organizations and individuals involved in, or responsible for the development of, sport and fitness in Canada and around the world, to enhance the capacity of our shared community to foster growth and the pursuit of excellence.


Media contact:

Debra Gassewitz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC)

(613) 231-7472