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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.

National Coaches Week

National Coaches Week, September 21-29, is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Alberta Sport Connection is offering an extensive slate of NCCP courses in Edmonton. Coaching Association of Canada is offering FREE NCCP online training! NCCP Making Head Way in Sport, NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability, NCCP Coach Initiation in Sport, and NCCP Emergency Action Plan will be free of charge!

Canada's Parapan Am Games Team

The Parapan Am Games team includes 16 athletes with a connection to the Capital Region. The Games are scheduled for August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru. Click here for the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Parapan Am Games webpage. The official Games website is 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.

Canada's Pan Am Games Team

The Pan Am Games team includes 13 athletes with a connection to the Capital Region. The Games are scheduled for July 26 to August 11 in Lima, Peru. Click here for the Canadian Olympic Committee's Pan Am Games webpage. The official Games website is here.

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.

Sport for Life Long-Term Development E-learning Course

Sport for Life aims to develop physical literacy and improve the quality of sport by creating, sharing, and mobilizing knowledge. In the spirit of continuous improvement, Sport for Life is proud to release the revised Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity e-learning course to support the new resource. From now until July 31, 2019, Sport for Life is offering this course at 50% off (normally $24.95 + tax). Our aim is to make it accessible to as many leaders and organizations as possible to deliver quality sport and physical activity in your region. Also, if you had previously purchased the old version of this course, you now have automatic free access to this new version through your Sport for Life campus account. For more information, click here.

Edmonton's Inductees to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

The 2019 inductees included one team and five individuals with strong connections to Edmonton:

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, 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

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, 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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