Executive Summary – Sport Canada and the Public Policy Framework for Participation and Excellence in Sport

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Sport Canada et l’encadrement public de la participation et de l’excellence sportives)

This document provides an overview of the programs and initiatives implemented by Sport Canada. The Physical Activity and Sport Act (PASA) defines Canada’s objectives for sport, such as increasing participation in the practice of sport and supporting the pursuit of excellence in sport. The Hosting Program, the Athlete Assistance Program and the Sport Support Program are the top three funding mechanisms for achieving the Act’s objectives. The Canadian Sport Policy 2012 provides a collaborative framework for harmonizing sport policies at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. As regards participation, the low levels of physical activity among Canadians are a public health concern. As regards excellence, the Own the Podium program improved Canada’s performance at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but some sports do not receive funding under this program.

Read the full text of the Background Paper: Sport Canada and the Public Policy Framework for Participation and Excellence in Sport

Author: Marion Ménard, Library of Parliament

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