Who's Not Participating in Canadian Sport - A Report


(Doug Gore) #1

Sport should be available and responsive to the needs of all Canadians. However, some women and girls, Indigenous Peoples, persons with a disability, recent immigrants, new Canadians, socio-economically disadvantaged Canadians, older adults, members of the LGBTTQ+ community, and Canadians living in rural, remote and isolated regions do not participate at the same rates as their mainstream counterparts.

The attached report serves as a common evidence-base for collaborative policy and program development work to increase participation in sport, particularly among underrepresented groups, and promote the health of Canadians through sport participation.

Sport Participation in UnderRepresented Groups.pdf (2.9 MB)

(Jonathan Wood) #2

Very much looking forward to reading this Doug. Thanks for sharing.

(Jonathan Wood) #3

Lots of great ‘take-aways’ from this article (though many are not new to those working in the sector).

Good to see the following one included in the research:

“… interprofessional collaboration, for example, among health and recreation professionals, increases participation among people with disabilities.”

We have long advocated for and sought testimonial support from PHAC, or TPH to help with the messaging of health benefits of exercise for people with disabilities, with little or no interest. It seems only the Rehab side (or rec therapy) of various agencies are willing to speak to the numerous benefits (physical, social, and mental) of sport and recreational participation amongst PWD.

Example: we heard that among the administrative staff working at Toronto’s Sick Kids Eye Clinic… there was no knowledge about the numerous activities available to children who are blind or have low vision living in Toronto. No connection to the community. Big gaps, that could increase participation through better awareness.