Sport Canada

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Sport Canada
Jurisdiction Sports in Canada
Founded 1971 (1971)
Headquarters Gatineau
Sponsor Canadian Heritage
Official website

Sport Canada is a branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage.[1] Its mission is "to enhance opportunities for all Canadians to participate and excel in sport."[2] Sport Canada develops federal sport policy in Canada, provides funding programs in support of sport, and administers special projects related to sport.[3]

Funding from Sport Canada is provided through the Athlete Assistance Program, which gives direct financial support to selected national team athletes; the Sport Support Program, which funds national sports organizations; and the Hosting Program, which helps sport organizations to host the Canada Games and international sport events.[4] Sport Canada special projects include research projects; projects aimed at increasing participation in sport;[5] the Long-Term Athlete Development Model; and Podium Canada, consisting of the Own the Podium and Road to Excellence programs, aimed at improving Canada's performance at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.[6]

For much of its existence, responsibility for Sport Canada was given to a junior Cabinet Minister reporting to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In 2015, Sport Canada became the responsibility of the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, a full Cabinet position. The current minister is Kirsty Duncan.[7]

Governing Bodies[edit]

Sport Canada funds various governing bodies for sports in Canada including:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Government of Canada. "Sport Canada - Mission". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  3. ^ Government of Canada. "Role of Sport Canada". Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Government of Canada. "Sport Canada - Funding Programs Overview". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  5. ^ 'Taking Sport Seriously' 3rd edition Thompson Educational Publishing
  6. ^ Government of Canada. "Sport Canada - Special Initiatives Overview". Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Kent Hehr resigns from Liberal cabinet over sexual harassment allegations". Global News. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 

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