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Sport Helps

Sport helps millions of Canadians reach our full potential. Support from government will fuel the recovery from COVID-19 and keep Canadian sport accessible, competitive, and fun for all. Partnered National Sport Organizations  are calling on the government to invest $75 million in a Sport Recovery Program to support grassroots, local sport initiatives. We need your help to ensure the message gets delivered. Sport helps Canadians, and the government should step up to help sport. Click here for more information.


The Community Sports Participation RESTART Grant Program

The RESTART Program will offer targeted financial support totalling $300,000 to eligible grassroots community sport organizations to assist in their recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Online applications and grant submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2021.


New Jumpstart Sport Relief Funding

Thanks to a generous gift of $12 million from Canadian Tire Corporation, the Sport Relief Fund will be able to continue to provide much needed financial support to sport organizations to help build back sport and play through 2021.


Ipsos Poll: Sports Programmers Concerned About Permanent Closure

COVID-19 is jeopardizing the future of accessible sport in Canada, with a majority (52%) of providers of sports programming saying they are concerned (17% very/35% somewhat) about the permanent closure of their organization, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Canadian Tire Jumpstart.


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.


COVID-19 Related Grants

The Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant is available to help Edmonton businesses (including non-profit organizations) recover from COVID-19. It provides local businesses and business organizations with flexible funding in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models.

Eligible small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits have the opportunity to apply for a second payment from the Government of Alberta's Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Applications will be open until March 31, 2021. On January 14, the Alberta government expanded the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to allow new businesses and nonprofits to apply. Businesses that started operating between March 1 and October 31, 2020 will now be eligible for this funding.

Federally, Bill C-9 implemented new, targeted support to help businesses, non-profits and charities. The measures adopted are the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the new Lockdown Support and the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.


Live Active Stories of Edmontonians

Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, sharing 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 of your Live Active experience video.


Safe Sport During COVID-19 – Liability Considerations for Canadian Sporting Organizations

Gowling WLG has published an excellent summary of the current situation and suggestions for mitigating and minimizing the legal risks associated with COVID-19.


The importance of sport, physical activity and recreation during COVID-19

Brian Torrance, Edmonton Sport Council chairperson and the Hon. Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, discuss the importance of sport, physical activity and recreation during COVID-19.


Re-Activating Edmonton: COVID-19 and Waivers

A Discussion with: Vivian R. Stevenson, QC

Session Overview: COVID-19 shut down sport and recreation as we knew it. As organizations begin to plan their return to play, it is essential that they have their waivers and assumption of risk documents reviewed. In this session, Ms. Stevenson identified the risks associated with not reviewing these documents, and clauses to be added, and other mitigations they should take to protect the health of organization’s and individuals. View this recorded session!


Re-Activating Edmonton: The importance of sport and community for overall wellbeing during COVID-19.

A Discussion with: Richard Lewanczuk MD, PHD and Kate Storey PhD, RD

Session Overview: COVID-19 has shut down sport and recreation as we know it and is impacting our mental health. In this session, Dr Lewanczuk and Dr Storey explored how play, be it through sport, physical activity, recreation, and community connections builds our overall wellbeing. View this recorded session!


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