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Re-Activating Edmonton: City of Edmonton

Free webinar on June 2nd, 3:00–4:00 pm.
In this session, the City of Edmonton will:

  1. Share corporate relaunch principles and the relaunch considerations.
  2. Provide an example of a business line that was re-introduced, and share some of the detailed planning (operations, business case) created to successfully re-open the business.
  3. Answer your questions.

For more information, to register, and to submit your question(s), click here.

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool

Sport Calgary has developed a COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool to assist sports organizations provide a safe and healthy space for their staff, volunteers and participants. Please note that this document is only a list of suggestions and should not be used as a replacement for professional and legal guidance provided by governments, health authorities, and sport governing bodies. The Government of Canada has developed Risk-informed decision-making guidelines and Government of Alberta resources are also available.

COVID-19 ESC Update (May 27)

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work and play. While organized sport, physical activity and active recreation is not currently possible, with the weather warming up, there are many outdoor activities Albertans can do safely while still following all public health orders and legislation and Government of Alberta guidance. Summer Camps with limits on occupancy are permitted within Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch strategy. Progression to Stage 2 will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering health care system capacity, hospitalization and ICU cases, and infection rates.

Click here for more details to help your own relaunch.

CBC News has put together a comprehensive webpage "Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19."

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

On April 17, 2020, the Prime Minister announced funding of $500 million to establish a new COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. The Fund will be administered by Canadian Heritage and divided among select departmental programs and Portfolio agencies as well as key delivery organizations and includes $72 million for the sport sector. National sport organizations and institutes will receive $34.5 million, provinces and territories $32.5 million and the Athlete Assistance Program $5 million. Funds to certain Sport Support Program and Athlete Assistance Program eligible recipients as well as formula-based top-ups to the bilateral sport agreements with provinces and territories will ensure funding is disbursed rapidly. Emergency funding will also be available to the Aboriginal Sport Circle and the provincial and territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies. Eligible recipients will not have to apply for funding. Click here for all the details.

City Sport Fields Update

The City of Edmonton has announced that park spaces like baseball diamonds and soccer fields will be open to the public for casual use only starting May 1, weather permitting. Users must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing rules, ensure gatherings are kept to 15 people or less and avoid or limit touching commonly touched surfaces like sporting equipment. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, disc golf and premier sports fields remain closed.

Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check

If you require a Police Information Check or Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check, the application process is now online only.

CAC Launches Safe Sport Training

The Coaching Association of Canada is offering free online Safe Sport Training to help all sport participants recognize maltreatment in sport and take informed action to address it. This training is available for free through CAC's online learning platform, the Locker. Coaches certified through the NCCP can also earn Professional Development points upon completing the training.

Terry Jones: COVID-19 shutdown hitting kids sports hardest

The saddest sights in sport for the next two, three or more months won’t be the closed confines of Roger’s Place, Commonwealth Stadium or any other professional athlete playground here. Most pro athletes and fans understand and realize it’s the right thing to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the kids? Not so much. In the peak usage months of the normal school year, they’ve been removed from school and their fields have been closed, cordoned off. Read the entire column here.

Financial Support for sport in Canada during COVID-19

Sports organizations across Canada are grappling with funding & employment issues in the wake of COVID-19. Learn about financial support & assistance to sports organizations from the federal & provincial governments on Fri, April 3 at 10 am. Click here for more information.

Coronavirus & Youth Sports: What the Future Holds

A fantastic webinar, hosted earlier today by the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, explored what could lie ahead for youth sports as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. While the speakers are American experts on youth sports, the majority of their thoughts and insight apply to the Canadian context. It’s thought provoking and should be reviewed and discussed by sport leaders, politicians, and others that desire to rebuild our community which has been ravaged by COVID-19. Watch the webinar, and consider signing up for their future webinars!

COVID-19 Information and Resources

We know our communities, employees, and partners are receiving and reacting to new information day-to-day and dealing with significant uncertainty. As the situation changes daily, we want to keep you as up to date as possible. The Sport Council has compiled links to resources to help you with everything from creating work from home plans, business continuity, available funding for non profits and charities, and resources for your members and participants.

Active at Home

Families with children are looking for ways to #LiveActiveYEG at home, in their neighbourhood, and other locations which enable social distancing. To help them, the Edmonton Sport Council has placed links to hundreds of resources on

To reach more families, we need your help in spreading knowledge of the existence of this resource. Therefore, we hope that you will cut and paste the above into your social media and/or emails or enews sent to staff, volunteers and/or clients.

Funding resources to provide and enhance social support for seniors, families, and other vulnerable Edmontonians who are impacted by COVID-19.

The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding for local non-profit and charitable organizations to provide and enhance social support for seniors, families, and other vulnerable Edmontonians who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19. These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and help-lines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues. If your organization is providing an emergency response, and/or wishes to consider providing an emergency response, visit the guidelines.

COVID-19: Not time to panic, but absolutely time to take it seriously

In light of recent developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, most Edmonton sport and active recreation organizations have cancelled or postponed their programming. The City of Edmonton has recognized the impact of COVID-19 and has closed all recreation facility operations and programming. The Public Health Agency of Canada provides background information on how the virus is spread, prevention strategies and risk assessment.

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.

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

On March 13, 2019, 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, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Time, seven days a week.

Read the entire news release 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.

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?

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