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Community Investment Operating Grant Review

The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG) provides operating assistance to Edmonton’s non-profit organizations, including recreation/amateur sport, whose activities result in benefits to the citizens of Edmonton. These grants enhance the existing programs and services of local sport organizations and enable them to expand their operations to include new participants. The 2018 CIOG program awarded funding to 121 sport groups in Edmonton. Read the full analysis here.

Gender Based Violence

The City of Edmonton's Gender-based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Initiative aims to reduce and ultimately end gender-based violence and sexual assault in Edmonton. As it does happen in sport in Edmonton, find out more here and consider initiating Respect in Sport within your sport.

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. Resources created by CAAWS and the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport provide information and guidance for inclusion to make Canadian sport a positive space for all athletes.


For six years the Edmonton Sport Council with other agencies has been advancing physical literacy through collective impact. Recently, we've taken another step in the evolution of PLAY GREAT (Physical Literacy And You: GReater Edmonton Area Team) through a partnership with the Be Fit for Life Network and Edmonton Catholic Schools to broadcast across Alberta. Check out the video from the Feb 22th PLAY GREAT meeting and join us at our meetings in 2018 (April 12 and Nov 8) as we further explore social-emotional learning through physical litercy. If you're new to Physical Literacy, check out www.playgreat.ca.

Community Facility Partner Capital Grant Program

This grant program supports partnerships that enhance public use facilities so Edmontonians can thrive in an active and attractive city. Facilities must align with the City of Edmonton’s goals and objectives. Partnerships may involve third party organizations including community non-profit organizations, other public sector service providers, and the private sector. Preference will be given to projects within Edmonton municipal boundaries. Regional projects may be considered based on benefit to Edmontonians. The application deadline is March 28.

Quality Sport

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?

Universiade '83 Foundation Grants

Approximately every 4 years, the Universiade ’83 Foundation Grant provides one time funding to Edmonton-based not-for-profit organizations or public institutions for a project or program that promotes sport or the arts in Edmonton. Available funds are generated from a trust account established following Edmonton’s hosting of the 1983 World University Games (Universiade). The application deadline is April 11.

New Sport for Life for All Newcomers to Canada Resource

The Sport for Life Society has published the Sport for Life for All Newcomers to Canada resource, through support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. Newcomers to Canada come with a unique inventory of sport and movement skills and, like all Canadians, require an individualized approach to enhance their own level of physical literacy through quality, stage-appropriate experiences. This resource is a guide developed for organizations, highlighting possible solutions to barriers and opportunities to support newcomers in sport and physical activity.

Website Upgraded

The Edmonton Sport Council website has been upgraded with improved Activity and Facility Search pages. The banner on the home page will now feature images and logos from Sport Council members. The layout and functionality of the entire website has been improved for users of hand-held devices.

Upcoming Games

The first seven months of 2018 will feature three international Games, Alberta Winter and Summer Games and Arctic Winter Games. Upcoming Games include:

  • Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast): Apr 4-15
  • Arctic Winter Games (Hay River - Fort Smith): Mar 17-24
  • Alberta Summer Games (Grande Prairie): Jul 19-22

Automotive Insurance and Sport Organizations: Why you need to be informed

The Sport and Law Strategy Group has just released a very insightful blog regarding automobile insurance that  should be read by every sport volunteer, employee and board member. Find it @ http://ow.ly/fdXN30hetqQ

What Does Next Generation LTAD Look Like?

Kaizen, the principle of continuous improvement, is a key factor of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD). This webinar, presented by Sport for Life’s Dr. Colin Higgs and Dr. Paul Jurbala, provides a preview the next generation of LTAD: LTAD 3.0. Results from the Progress Tracker survey of national sport organizations, the latest research and over 10 years of Canadian and international implementation of LTAD all inform version 3.0 the next generation of LTAD. To view the presentation, enter anything in the registration fields.

A New Tool for Canadian Teachers & Coaches

The True Sport Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, in cooperation with School Sport Canada, have published a new resource for educating students at the secondary (high school) level. The resource, titled Make the Call, includes an e-learning module and classroom tools which address supplements, substances and drugs frequently encountered in the sport experience, as well as values-based and principle-driven decision-making to navigate those difficult situations. The resource was developed for students in Grades 10 to 12 (athletes in LTAD Stage 5: Training to Compete) and their teachers/coaches.

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, Edmonton City Council approved the Strategy. The Executive Summary is available here.

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