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Community recreation sport programs are key to physical, mental, intellectual and social well-being. They have a major impact on the developmental aspects of our lives holistically and in multifaceted ways. They foster community participation, offer a sense of belonging to visible minorities, help recent immigrants integrate into Canadian communities, and provide an alternative to unhealthy behaviours. Accordingly, CPRA considers quality and safe community sport and recreation an essential service for all Canadians.


The Community Sport for All initiative seeks to rebuild and increase sport participation rates, particularly amongst Black, Indigenous, racially diverse, 2SLGBTQQIA+, low-income and newcomer populations, as well as people living with disabilities. Projects will adhere to the following principles:

  • Affordable: Projects will be delivered with minimal to no cost to participants.
  • Results oriented: Projects will be delivered in such a way as to increase sport participation and retention of equity-deserving communities and, ultimately, drive behavioral change.
  • Focused on recreational sport: While other activities may be included, the primary activity must be recreational sport
  • Green: Delivery of the projects should produce minimal or positive environmental impact.
  • Accessible: Projects must be tailored to equity-deserving groups but need not be exclusionary and can be open to all, and should allow for a wide range of athletic ability.
  • Available: Projects should seek to be delivered in underserved communities and to achieve regional diversity.
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