Canadian Heritage's Involvement in International Sport
The importance and mandate of international sport with regard to relations between Canada and other countries was firmly entrenched within the Department of Canadian Heritage in 2003 via two government documents:
The Physical Activity and Sport Act gives Canadian Heritage the mandate to "encourage the promotion of sport as a tool of individual and social development in Canada, and abroad," as well as the "authority to enter into international agreements to encourage, promote, and develop physical activity and sport". (Bill C-54 - An Act to promote physical activity and sport, Policies - Section 5 (k), and Section 8);
- The Canadian Sport Policy (CSP):
- recognizes the federal role to promote Canadian Sport and its values in international circumstances;
- envisions that Canadians will be recognized internationally for their excellence in competitions and for their leadership in sport and social development through sport, in Canada and abroad;
- sets as goals the strengthening of international strategies to promote Canadian values and sport programs, keeping abreast of leading edge developments, and maximizing the benefits of sport.