POLICY AND PROGRAM CONSIDERATIONS FOR INCREASING SPORT PARTICIPATION AMONG MEMBERS OF UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS IN CANADA
2016 Sport Canada Research Initiative (SCRI) Conference Research Presentation
By Sue Cragg
Sport should be available and responsive to the needs of all Canadians who want to participate. However, members of a number of groups do not participate at the same rates as their mainstream counterparts. Some women and girls, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, recent immigrants, new Canadians, socio-economically disadvantaged Canadians, older adults, members of the LGBTQ community, and Canadians living in rural, remote and isolated regions face additional challenges to sport participation or do not feel that sport welcomes them or is meant for them.
This report details the results of an overview of current Canadian and international knowledge aimed at increasing participation in sport, particularly among underrepresented groups.