Support for Sport in Canada

The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, is the single largest investor in Canada’s amateur sport system.

The mission of Sport Canada is to enhance opportunities for all Canadians to participate and excel in sport.

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Canada’s high performance sport environment has been considerably strengthened over the past several years and funding for Canada’s athletes and sport system is at an all-time high of more than $197 million in 2013-14.

The Government of Canada provides financial support through three programs:

  • Through the Athlete Assistance Program, every year $28 million in funding goes directly to approximately 1800 athletes, giving them financial assistance to pursue world-class results while achieving their academic and career goals.
  • The Sport Support Program provides about $146 million to Canadian sport organizations to strengthen our national sport system and benefit our athletes and coaches.
  • The Hosting Program provides about $20 million annually to assist Canadian communities in hosting world-class international sport events and the  Canada Games. In addition, funding is provided to support travel costs related to the participation of athletes in the Canada Games.

Each year, about $62 million of the Sport Support Program’s total amount is provided as enhanced excellence funding for targeted sports and athletes with medal potential at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, based on recommendations made by Own the Podium.

Up to $500 million has been committed to support sport infrastructure projects, legacy initiatives, and essential federal services associated with staging the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.

Canada is proud to be a leading sport nation—both at home and abroad—where all Canadians can enjoy, value, and celebrate the benefits of active participation and excellence in sport.

Support for the sport system involves many partners, including the Government of Canada, the private sector, provincial and territorial governments, multisport service organizations, and national sport organizations.