What percentage of girls drop out of sport, and why? How many sport boards in Canada have more than 30% women? You can find those answers and more in our collection of research and analysis – your key to understanding the Canadian sport landscape from the perspectives of women and girls.

Rally Report 2022 – A Call for Better, Safer Sport for Girls

During adolescence, body changes and menstruation, combined with social and cultural pressures, can contribute to low body confidence in girls. As a result, many girls are pushed out of sport. Designing sport environments that take girls’ body confidence into consideration is one way we can build better, safer sport for all.

Allyship and advocacy

The Pandemic Impact on Girls in Sport

COVID-19 has profoundly impacted society, an impact that we will feel for years to come. Within sport, COVID-19 has resulted in huge revenue losses and deep cuts to programming. Every individual involved in sport, from leaders to athletes to coaches, at all levels of sport, felt these changes. But, the impact of those changes were […]

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Diversity of girls and women

The Sporting Experiences of BIPOC Women & Girls in Canada

Canadian Women & Sport and the E-Alliance have partnered to seek existing evidence to understand the lived experiences of Canadian women and girls that are from BIPOC communities and to identify the best practices for addressing the barriers they face to sport participation.  While more research is needed on the experience of Black, Indigenous and […]

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Coaching and designing for girls

The Rally Report: Encouraging Action to Improve Sport for Women and Girls

The call to play, move, and compete is a rallying cry that excites us, challenges us, and inspires us to come together.  The Rally Report, produced in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and with research completed by IMI International, explores current Canadian trends in sport participation with a specific focus on the target groups of girls ages 6–18.  […]

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Best practices for organizations

Women in Sport Leadership Snapshots

Past Snapshots 2021-2022 The 2021/2022 survey of nationally funded sport organizations in Canada shows that public attention, and dedicated funding from Sport Canada, continued to drive change for the national sport system. Compared to 2019, after the government commitment was announced, the percentage of women holding board seats jumped by 5 points. 2020-21 The 2021/2022 […]

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Coaching and designing for girls

Women in Sport: Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation

Canadian Women & Sport understands the need for research that drives us forward. We partnered with Canada’s dairy farmers for the Fuelling Women Champions initiative and published “Women in Sport – Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation” in March 2016.  Women in Sport: Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation is one of the most extensive and important resources for […]

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Allyship and advocacy

Position Statement: Trans Inclusion in Sport

We appreciate that conversations about inclusion in sport are often complicated, and many people who advocate for the rights of cisgender women and girls fear that these rights are threatened by inclusion of trans people. We do not share the view that inclusion of transgender women poses a fundamental threat to the advancement of cisgender […]

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Allyship and advocacy

Seeing the Invisible, Speaking About the Unspoken: A Position Paper on Homophobia in Sport

In recent years, Canadian sport leaders have pursued a number of national policy initiatives and programs to promote safety, fun, fair play and ethical conduct within the Canadian sport system.  In most cases, the experience of sport is overwhelmingly positive for participants — but in rare cases, the sport experience is not safe and welcoming. […]

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