Proposed Edmonton Budget Feedback
On December 5 and 6, City Council is hosting a Non-Statutory Public Hearing to accept feedback from Edmontonians regarding Administration’s proposed adjustments to the City’s Capital and Operating Budgets. This briefing is a summary of the proposed adjustments which impact active living, active recreation and sport opportunities in Edmonton.
The briefing is based on City Administration’s interim update released on Friday November 29, which identifies strategies to mitigate the pressures of the recently-released provincial budget and other emergent items, and to maintain the previously approved tax increase of 2.6 percent for 2019, 2020 and 2021. In response to a Council motion made on October 25, Administration also identified operating budget re-prioritization options to achieve a zero percent tax increase in 2020.
Click here for the briefing document and information about current and future facility user fees.
Building Social Legacies: Through Mega, Major and Signature Sport Events
Hosting sport events can bring many positive benefits to the community. Traditionally, many of the benefits that motivate event hosts, governments and sponsors have focused predominantly on creating economic or sport impacts. More recently, mega, major and signature sport event organizers are being asked to help communities address long-standing social issues and to leave the community better than before. This resource provides the background and process for host committees, social agencies and governments to plan and deliver initiatives that leave social legacies. Background information and a reference list can be found here.
Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program
The City of Edmonton’s Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program supports partnerships that enhance public use facilities. In 2019, applications were received for 13 projects, of which 10 were approved for funding, including 3 new grants to sport organizations.
Canada Revenue Agency GST Rebate Workshops
The Canada Revenue Agency has launched a new outreach program regarding GST rebate implications for organizations and is hosting educational sessions catered to different non- profit organizations. The fall/winter sessions will be informal and questions will be welcome throughout the presentation. Click here for more information and to register.
Sport Australia Physical Literacy Framework
Everyone has the potential to value, develop and maintain positive physical activity behaviours for life. Physical literacy involves holistic lifelong learning through movement and physical activity. It delivers physical, psychological, social and cognitive health and wellbeing benefits, for all Australians. Sport Australia has produced the Australian Physical Literacy Framework to support all Australians at every stage of life to develop their physical literacy.
Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity 3.0
Sport for Life has released the revised Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity 3.0 resource document, a framework for the development of every child, youth, and adult to enable optimal participation in sport and physical activity.
Sport for Life has also released Long-Term Officials Development guidelines, a practical web resource to support the development of quality official’s programs.
CCES Leading Development of Draft Universal Safe Sport Code
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has been asked by Sport Canada to lead the development of a Draft Universal Safe Sport Code to protect athletes and prevent prohibited misconduct in Canadian sport. The national sport organization Safe Sport Working Group announced seven core components and related consensus statements to guide the development of a universal code of conduct for Canadian sport following a landmark National Safe Sport Summit in May, hosted by the Coaching Association of Canada.
Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-Based Sport
In collaboration with the Public Policy Forum, the CCES hosted The Values Proposition: Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-Based Sport. The symposium aimed to inform and inspire thinkers, doers and decision makers throughout the Canadian sport community to ensure that values-based sport and the True Sport Principles are embedded in the modus operandi of sport, from playground to podium. The final report provides a comprehensive summary of the state of values-based sport in Canada and addresses where to go from here.
Government of Canada Funds an Investigation Unit and a National Toll-Free Helpline
Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced two new important initiatives to address harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport:
- An investigation unit for national sport organizations, multisport service organizations and Canadian sport centres to call in to have access to independent investigators for alleged incidents of harassment, abuse and discrimination; and
- A national toll-free confidential helpline for victims and witnesses of harassment, abuse and discrimination in sport. The helpline can be accessed by phone or text at 1-888-83-SPORT (77678) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Time, seven days a week.
Read the entire news release here.
Community Investment Operating Grant Review
The City of Edmonton awarded 2019 CIOG funding of $3.6 million to 294 nonprofit community organizations, including 122 sport organizations. Read the full review here.
New Resource: Coaching Kids of All Abilities
Based on research by the Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP), the majority of people living with a disability do not participate in sufficient sport and exercise to achieve health benefits. Further research conducted by the CDPP determined that low sport and exercise participation rates and high dropout rates are largely due to the absence of experiencing quality participation. Coaching Kids of All Abilities is a collection of online programs that teaches coaches and youth activity leaders how to create inclusive environments in order to facilitate a positive first sport and recreation experience for youth of all abilities.
LGBTQI2S Inclusion in Sport
Much of sport is organized by sex or gender; however, not every athlete fits into or identifies with the binary of male and female. Creating welcoming, inclusive teams for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified, queer, intersex and two spirited community and allies is new territory for many sport organizations. Go to LGBTQI2S for quality resources.
Quality sport doesn't just happen, but occurs through intentional preparation. Sport New Zealand believes that quality sport, opportunities and experiences are vital to enrich and inspire the lives of young people by creating a lifelong love of sport. To this end, they have developed a great graphic of Young People's Quality Indicators. Sport for Life identifies that quality sport and physical activity are achieved when the right people do the right thing at the right time. Their ideas are presented in a Quality Sport Checklist. Together, these two resources enable all organizations to advance quality sport. How's your organization doing?
Live Active: A Collaborative Strategy for Active Living, Active Recreation, and Sport in Edmonton 2016-2026
The Live Active Strategy was developed through extensive consultations over the past 2 years including representatives from active living, active recreation, sport and multi-sector organizations, and the general public. On Tuesday November 29 2016, Edmonton City Council approved the Strategy. The Executive Summary is available here. Live Active is built out through the 2019 - 2019 Implementation Plan. Additional information is found on the City of Edmonton's website.
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