Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth announced $325,000 for Canadian Women & Sport, to support It’s Time, the organization’s Commercial Women’s Sport Initiative.

“Women’s pro sports are more accessible and engaging than ever before, though we know that there is still a significant amount of untapped economic potential,” says Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth. “The Government of Canada is proud to support Canadian Women & Sport as they work to unlock this potential, while also bringing the industry together. Canadian women’s pro teams are among the best in the world, and they deserve to be supported in every way.”

Minister Ien also participated in a roundtable discussion at Toronto Metropolitan University with Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport, and other industry leaders, to discuss the barriers faced by women in professional sport and to chart a path forward. The roundtable was attended by representatives from across the Canadian sport landscape including the PWHL, Project 8, NBA, along with amateaur and professional athletes. The private roundtable was hosted by Canadian Tire Corporation.

“2023 was an unprecedented year for professional women’s sport in Canada. There’s a sense of possibilityand momentum,” says Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport. “At the same time, a lot of uncertainty remains. Continued investment and bold actions are required to fully reap the benefits of a thriving professional women’s sport market in Canada. Everyone has a role to play. Thank you to the Government of Canada for joining this movement and investing in pro women’s sport.” 

In 2024, Canadian Women & Sport will be sharing new industry data on fan engagement and national interest in professional women sports in Canada. 

Government of Canada announces new funding to support women’s professional sport movement

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth announced $325,000 for Canadian Women & Sport, to support It’s Time, the organization’s Commercial Women’s Sport Initiative. “Women’s pro sports are more accessible and engaging than ever before, though we know that there is still a significant amount of untapped economic potential,” […]

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Book A Gender Equity Workshop Now to Secure 2023 Pricing

Start or continue your organization’s gender equity journey with one or more of our workshops. Book by December 15, 2023, and complete your workshop by March 31, 2024, to secure our 2023 rates. Our workshops:   Additional Financial Support For organizations that are not able to pay the full price upfront, but still want to […]

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Canadian Women & Sport Releases Findings from Women in Sport Leadership Snapshot 2023 

Women account for 43% of national sport organizations board members Toronto, ON (November 10, 2023) – Canadian Women & Sport unveiled today new data looking at gender equity and diversity in leadership roles across the Canadian sport sector.   The Women in Sport Leadership Snapshot 2023 highlights and celebrates recent successes in sport leadership diversity at […]

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Canadian Women & Sport Welcomes New Board Chair and Vice-Chair

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Fall 2023 Programming

We’re wrapping up our recruitment for three (3) program opportunities for the remainder of this year! If you have been wanting to participate in one of our programs, now is your chance! You can apply now for one of the following programs: You also can sign up early for The Same Game Challenge beginning in January 2024.  Gender […]

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Meeting organizations where they are and taking them a step forward in gender equity. Every organization has unique needs and means when it comes to addressing gender equity. From focus groups to strategy reviews to programming and services recommendations, our custom consultations are designed to meet you where you are on your gender equity journey, […]

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Meet the 2023 Disruptor Award Winners  

We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners of the Nathalie Cook Canadian Women & Sport Disruptor Award presented by TSN/RDS. This award celebrates Canadian leaders who are courageous gender equity champions in their sports careers, and taking bold action for the greater good of the sports community. A big congratulations to our three winners […]

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

September 30 marks the third #NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay. As we take part in sport and physical activity across Turtle Island, we need to recognize the caretakers of the land where we live, work and play. Above all, we must recognize and respect Indigenous peoples’ connection and kinship to the land.  At Canadian Women & Sport, […]

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POSITION AVAILABLE: Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Program Design (1-year parental leave contract) 

Position Summary  Canadian Women & Sport is seeking a full-time Manager of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Program Design who will be responsible for leading the organization’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy development, and designing tailored programs to support Canadian sport organizations in advancing gender equity. This multi-faceted position reports to the Director of Programs […]

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National Coaches Week 2023

Coaches are the most visible and influential leaders in sport. They shape the day-to-day lived experiences of participants and influence the growth and development of sport. They also have a responsibility to address and respond to the unique needs of women, girls and gender-diverse people in sport.  We expect a lot from coaches across the […]

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