Sport is one of Canada’s greatest collective passions. It has the ability to unite people, breaking down regional, political, cultural and economic differences. Its benefits are nothing less than astounding. But sport is also very vulnerable, which is why we need to be aware of what is threatening good sport and engage the sport community to protect it.

Some threats are well known, like doping, violence, harassment, while others lurk below the surface – like homophobia, racism, exclusion, match fixing and parental behaviour. Even the governance of our sport system is vulnerable to mismanagement and exploitation.

The following programs are available to help Canadians navigate the issues that threaten positive sport experiences. They contribute to the long-term goals of the Canadian Strategy for Ethical Conduct in Sport, and contribute to the CCES’s vision of sport in Canada that is fair, safe and open to all.

True Sport

True Sport is Canada’s movement for sport and community. Its core mission is to help sport live up to its full potential as a public asset for Canada and Canadian society. Learn more.

Responsible Coaching Movement

The Responsible Coaching Movement is a call to action for sport organizations and coaches to maximize the positive benefits of sport through values-based and principle-driven coaching. Learn more.

Risk Management

The Risk Management Project is a multi-year initiative designed to help enhance the effectiveness of decision-making among sport leaders using a consistent, sport-specific, and integrated risk management process. Learn more.

Management by Values

Canadian sport organizations looking to integrate values-based decision-making into their culture and advance their risk management efforts will benefit from the Management by Values Workshop. Learn more.

Sport Leaders Retreat

The Sport Leaders Retreat is a leadership development boot camp designed for sport leaders to gain access to new ways of relating to self, others and the world around them. The program is open to sport leaders from provincial/territorial, national and multi-sport organizations.
Learn more.


BodySense is a novel approach to building safe and healthy sport environments. This initiative is dedicated to fostering positive body image in male and female athletes to proactively prevent disordered eating and muscle dysmorphia. Learn more.


See Also...

What Sport Can Do: The True Sport Report (2008)

The “What Sport Can Do: The True Sport Report” provides conclusive proof of how good sport can be used intentionally to positively influence a wide range of societal goals, including child and youth development, crime prevention, education, social inclusion and economic and environmental...

Reasons to Believe Survey (Strategic Counsel - 2005)

The Strategic Counsel presents the findings from a survey of Canadians on values in sport. [1 MB PDF]

The Sport We Want Final Report

(January 2004) The Sport We Want Symposium was held to begin discussion among Canadians about the values we want our community sport system to promote and model. This report describes the output of the two days in September 2003.

Canadian Public Opinion Survey on Youth and Sport (Decima - 2002)

A survey by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) revealed that almost all Canadians (92%) believe that community level sport can have a positive influence on the personal and moral development of youth. However, fewer than one in five Canadians feel very confident that this potential is...