Sport Matters Group Congratulates Carla Qualtrough as new Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability

Ottawa, Ontario (November 4, 2015)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his newly appointed cabinet were sworn in today at Rideau Hall.

As promised the cabinet is smaller than it was under Stephen Harper coming in at 31 members vs the 39 members under the most recent Harper government.  

Of interest to the sport community is the naming of Carla Qualtrough as Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability.  Sport Matters had asked Mr. Trudeau to combine the sport and physical activity portfolios as well as make it a full ministry no longer under the auspices of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“We congratulate Ms. Qualtrough on her appointment to this very important role and we very much look forward to engaging with her on issues that will impact the sport community moving forward” commented Bob Elliott, Senior Leader of the Sport Matters Group.   “We are also pleased that Prime Minister Trudeau has made the sport portfolio one that is stand-alone.” 

Ms. Qualtrough is a Paralympian having competed for Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Paralympic Games, proudly winning three Paralympic and four World Championship medals in swimming.  She currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and is Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society.

Qualtrough has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times. Previously, she was a senior advisor to Sport Minister Paul DeVillers during his term in office from 2002-2003. Her board and volunteer experience at the international and domestic sport levels includes but is not limited to the International Paralympic Committee, the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada and the Commonwealth Games Mission Staff. 

Prime Minister Trudeau also named other ministers who have a sport background notably:

  • Justin Trudeau - Prime Minister (Former opposition critic for sport)
  • Carolyn Bennett - Indigenous and Northern Affairs  (Former Minister of State for Public Health)
  • Kirsty Duncan – Science (Former critic for sport)
  • Catherine McKenna - Environment and Climate Change (Former University of Toronto Blues swim team captain)
  • Hunter Tootoo - Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard (Cousin of NHL player Jordin TooToo)
  • Kent Hehr - Veterans Affairs, and Associate Minister of National Defence. (Former junior hockey player)

For a full list of cabinet members click here or visit

About Sport Matters Group

The Sport Matters Group (SMG) is a voluntary group of leaders from the sport, physical activity and recreation sector who have come together to talk about the important contribution that sport makes to society and to collaborate in advancing values-based, ethical sport, physical activity and recreation public policy in a non-partisan way. The SMG community includes over 65 National, Provincial and Multisport Organizations, as well as physical activity, recreation and sport tourism organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Elliott, Senior Leader

Sport Matters Group

C (613) 299-5542