Policy Wins

Recent Policy Wins

We have made significant policy breakthroughs over the years though much remains to be done.

  • Through Budget 2017, the federal government committed to investing an additional $25 million over 5 years, with $5 million per year ongoing, to the Athlete Assistance Program (AAP).
  • A federal government investment increase of $20 million dollar ($5 million per year) in high performance sport over the four (4) year period beginning in 2016-17
  • The creation on a full ministry of Sport and Physical Activity, achieved in part with the recent appointment of Carla Qualtrough as Minister of Sport and Persons with a Disability.
  • The creation of new, dedicated funding to provinces, territories, and municipalities for social infrastructure, including recreation infrastructure
  • Contributed to the creation of the Children's Fitness Tax Credit (2006) and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RINC) Program.

Our goal is to build upon these successes and work toward making Canada the healthy, leading sport nation we know it can be.

Policy Work at SMG

SMG is committed to advancing public policy related to sport and physical activity.  Our approach is to consult broadly and work collaboratively with interested members of the sport sector in order to advance a common position.

Together, we help raise awareness of the important benefits of Canadian sport and physical activity among key decision and policy-makers, and advocate for continued governmental support and investment in this area. SMG is a forum within which member organizations work together to ensure that all Canadians have access to meaningful opportunities to participate in sport & physical activity, from the playground to podium. 

Policy Challenges

Other policy issues facing the sport sector and Canada more generally going forward include: strengthening community sport, supporting high performance sport, building sport & recreation infrastructure, improving sport governance, and combating the obesity and the physical inactivity crisis. Click here for more on Key Policy Issues.