Supporting Canadian Athletes

Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations

Each of the ten Provincial and three Territorial Governments play an important role in the development of the Canadian sport system. The funding program levels and areas of jurisdiction differ from province to province and from territory to territory, but in general, funding support at this level includes:

  • Support to Provincial Sport Organizations.
  • Support to provincial-level Multi-Sport Service Organizations.
  • Support to athletes through a provincial carding system.
  • Support for facilities through community grants and infrastructure programs.
  • Provincial and regional multi-sport Games in some provinces and territories.
  • Provincial teams attending national age-group and senior championships.
  • Provincial teams attending Western Canada Games and Canada Summer and Winter Games.

The provincial and territorial Ministries and Departments responsible for sport meet with the federal government on a regular basis. In 2002, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers for Sport adopted “The London Declaration” to serve as the foundation for developing a comprehensive strategy to foster, promote and ensure a fair and ethical sport environment. The Declaration describes the desired state of sport in Canada by 2012 resulting from the implementation of initiatives over a 10-year period.

Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (P/TSO) provide support, direction and leadership to member organizations, such as Basketball Ontario and Field Hockey BC. Their goal is to promote sport and its’ benefits, encouraging the public to get involved in organized sport.

Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations receive their funding through corporate sponsors, funding partners, and grants. There are financial assistance programs available to athletes, which are listed on each of the P/TSO’s websites.

Member organizations are called Provincial/Territorial Sport Governing Bodies (P/TSGB). P/TSGBs are responsible for developing, promoting and regulating the playing and officiating of their sport. In other words, they are responsible for the overall development of sport from U10 to U19. To find a list of P/TSGBs visit your P/TSO’s website.

Click here for list of Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations websites.

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