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Revised Draft City of Edmonton 2023 - 2026 Operating Budget
The City of Edmonton’s draft operating budget for 2023 - 26 was released on November 3rd, 2022. The Edmonton Sport Council summary has been revised to include two unfunded service packages - the Do North Bid for Professional Triathlon Association Canadian Open and the Edmonton Ski Lodge Replacement. It also identifies matters which should be of interest to Edmonton’s sport and active recreation sector and includes direct excerpts from budget documents, summarized where beneficial, and paraphrased only where necessary. The Operating Budget does not identify the closure of any pools or arenas.

Draft City of Edmonton 2023 - 2026 Capital Budget
The City of Edmonton’s draft capital budget for 2023 - 26 was released on October 20th, 2022. The Edmonton Sport Council summary, based on direct excerpts from budget documents and paraphrasing only where necessary, identifies matters which should be of interest to Edmonton’s sport and active recreation sector.

Community Sport for All Initiative

Sport Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative has resulted in grant opportunities for community organizations to reduce barriers and increase sport participation and retention of equity seeking (under-represented) Canadians. View the recording of a Sport for Life webinar on several of the grants (passcode b8$hn$Jv) and/or explore the webinar slide deck.



 Application Date

Canadian Parks and Recreation Association

Reaching Each and Every One

Closed November 10

Women and Sport

Spotlight Grant

Closed November 14


Community Better Challenge

Opens mid-December


Other Community Sport for All funding recipients are Special Olympics Canada, Canadian Blind Hockey, Canadian Volleyball Association, Commonwealth Sport Canada, Judo Canada, PHE Canada, Special Olympics Canada, Squash Canada, Women’s Para Hockey of Canada, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada, Kenyan Canadian Association, Right to Play, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, KidSport Canada, Rowing Canada, and Field Hockey Canada.

Government of Canada Launches GCDonate Platform

GCDonate is GCSurplus’ online platform designed to advertise Government of Canada surplus moveable assets available for donation. The new and improved platform will facilitate the donation process for government departments and agencies, making it easier to donate surplus moveable assets to designated eligible groups and organizations including charitable or non-profit organizations.

Alberta Non-profit Learning Centre

The Alberta non-profit learning centre provides resources on important concepts in governance of non-profits to support their role in the delivery of their programs and services in their communities.

These learning resources are intended to:

  • empower non-profits, their board members and volunteers through training
  • provide educational and training support in governance of non-profits
  • make it easier to find and access various types of resources that meet the specific needs of individual learners

Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Discussion Series

KidSport Calgary and KidSport Edmonton in partnership with INclusion Incorporated and supported by Sport Calgary and Edmonton Sport Council, is offering a Diversity and Inclusion in Sport series to Local Sport Organizations across Alberta. Join us to learn more about the proactive behaviors, options, and actions we can all make so that people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities feel welcome, respected, and that they belong at your club. We will be hosting FREE monthly virtual sessions and will be recording each session for those who are unable to attend live.

Session 8 on December 7: Creating Accessible Sport Programs

Newcomers face barriers in getting settled in Canada and engaging in sport has many more barriers. This session will look at some of the common barriers and explore options to reduce these in your sport.

The schedule of other future Webinars with session descriptions can be found here. Links to recordings and resources from previous sessions can be found here.

Community Investment Operating Grant Changes

Recently the Edmonton Sport Council (ESC) was successful in the creation of a distinct Community Investment Operating Grant for sport and recreation which will be co-administered by the ESC and the City of Edmonton. It is the intention of the ESC to solely administer this grant program within the next three years. Subsequently, City Council's Community and Public Services Committee directed that the grant be named the "Live Active Grant" with strong ties to the Live Active Strategy. This change will see the continued realignment of the grant to advance diversity and inclusion by Edmonton's sport and recreation organizations.

While the grant is currently unfunded beyond this year, organizations considering applying in 2023 are encouraged to review the following resources and begin preparing now: Workshop RecordingWorkshop Slideshow (with speaking notes), Outcome Measurement Instructions & Item Bank, Outcome Measurement Tools, and Glossary of Terms.

New - Support Through Sport eLearning Modules

The free Support Through Sport series offers training and resources to empower coaches to recognize and take action to address gender-based violence and teen dating violence.

Engaging Under-Represented Populations

It's important that sport and recreation organisations reflect the diversity of the communities in which they operate, and have practices in place to help them achieve their inclusion goals. The Sport Council website has several new pages with information and resources to support organizations in engaging under-represented populations including Edmontonians with disabilitiesgirls and womennewcomers, and indigenous and LGBTQI2S+ Edmontonians.

Our strategic planning resource page will also assist you in integrating your engagement with these populations within your overall operating plan.

The Importance of Space

While recognizing that the City of Edmonton has, over the last two decades, made significant investments in recreation and sport infrastructure, there is a need for continued investment in open spaces and sport and recreation infrastructure, and the activation of these traditional and non-traditional spaces and places. This would help meet the vision of the 2020 City Plan as Edmonton’s population grows from one million towards two million.

Recommendation #8: That the Joint Use Partners advance ways to open public school gymnasiums desired by community organizations, but which are not being made available for Joint Use time due to lack of resourcing and/or custodial issues.

New Educational Opportunities

The Workshops, Conferences & Webinars page is updated almost every day with new online webinars, most of them free or low-cost. Below the current listings are links to previously recorded webinars on a variety of topics.

Live Active Stories of Edmontonians

Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, share your Live Active story, especially if it is FREE or low cost, involves family members, is quick and easy, and can be done in a variety of locations. Send us your submission (up to 500 words) with a picture or link to your Live Active experience video.

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