August Newsletter: Exciting opportunities for sport organizations coming soon!

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger, healthier communities across the country. The transformative power of sport plays an important role in achieving this goal. Sport builds self-esteem and leadership skills and allows people to grow and thrive—physically, emotionally and socially.

To support organized sport at the community level, the Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced that Canadian Women & Sport, will receive $2,000,000 in funding in 2022–23 from the Community Sport for All initiative.

Funded projects will help reduce barriers to sport participation and retention for girls, women and nonbinary people who are from Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people with disabilities.

Further details to come on the application process. 

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Same Game Challenge is for sport leaders who are inspired to reimagine how women and girls access their sport but have been frustrated in their ability to make efficient and effective change. It reduces frustration by providing a step-by-step process that guides sport leaders on how to connect with their members to identify gender inequities and to build actions that close them, with access to expert coaching and peer support throughout the process. Our next national application will open in Fall 2022.Sign up here to be notified when applications open!

Organizational Updates:

  • New resource: For the first time Canadian Women & Sport has rolled up board data from provinces and territories. Our 2021-2022 Provincial/Territorial Women in Leadership Snapshot captured data from 416 organizations across Canada. Women hold nearly half the board seats at PTSOs, a number slightly ahead of national organizations, with some provinces and territories hitting parity. Having diverse perspectives will help make sport better for all. Learn more about the latest data in our report.
  • New publication: As we reflect on the completion of the first year of our Strategic Plan (2021-2024), we’re enthusiastic to see the relationships we are building across the Canadian sports sector. Our impact on those at the national level continues to be strong, and we’ve worked diligently to foster new relationships through all levels of sport. In our 2021-22 Impact Report: Helping to Make Sport More Inclusive, we dig into the impact our programs and advocacy have had on the system and how our work can help organizations and leaders at all levels within the system reach their gender equity goals. Check out our progress from the past year.

Gender Equity Initiatives From Our Friends:

  • Aboriginal Sport Circle has opened up its annual Tom Longboat National Awards. The Tom Longboat Awards were established in 1951 to recognize Aboriginal athletes for their outstanding contributions to sport in Canada. With a few exceptions, the Awards have been given out every year since its inauguration. It remains the longest standing and one of the most prestigious awards for the Aboriginal athletes in the country. The nomination period is June 1, 2021 to September 31, 2022. For more details on the nomination process, click here.

Have a gender equity initiative you want to share? Click here.

Thanks for reading!