Sex and Gender Diversity

Canadian sport organizations consistently work to adapt and improve their policies and practices. In recent years, an increasing number of national, provincial and local sport organizations have sought to understand and improve their policies and practices to reflect the changing demographics of their memberships.

Some of this work has been driven by an increasing number of trans athletes choosing to participate in sport at all levels, as well as organizations proactively making their policies more inclusive. As an advocate for sport that is fair, safe and open, the CCES has developed resources for the Canadian sport community to provide information and guidance for the inclusion of trans athletes.

The CCES is also an advocate for the rights of athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD), speaking up against exclusionary rules at the international level and providing information to the public.


Resources for Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport

Policy and Practice Template for Sport Organizations (2018)

A policy and practice template to help sport organizations create their own trans inclusion documents  for all involved in sport including athletes, staff and volunteers.

Guidance for Sport Organizations (2016) 

A policy guidance document designed to help sport organizations develop their own trans inclusion policies for sport at recreational, developmental and high-performance levels. Includes policy guidance and best practices.

Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender Inclusivity (2012)

This report concludes that, because variations in sex development exist, individuals should have the right to compete without question in the gender they feel they are or have always identified with, and emphasizes that this right to gender self-identification carries both the privilege of inclusion and the responsibility for fair play.


Resources Regarding Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development:

Webinar: The impacts of World Athletics’ regulations  

The CCES hosted a webinar on February 28, 2020 to discuss the impacts of World Athletics’ (formerly IAAF) regulations on female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) for women in athletics. The webinar also addressed the wider implications for women athletes in all sports. The expert panel included Jennifer Birch-Jones, 2SLGBTQI+ educator, Dr. Madeleine Pape, Australian Olympian and educator, Dr. Phathokuhle Zondi, South Africa Sports and Exercise Medicine physician, and Dasha Peregoudova, AthletesCAN president.

See Also...

CCES Releases Guide to Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport

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CAAWS and CCES Jointly Oppose IAAF’s New Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification

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