2004 FEDERAL ELECTION
Sport has an
opportunity to inform the election candidates sport is important. An
increased investment in sport and physical activity is necessary and will
benefit our society.
Why is this important?
Children and youth are not involved in sport and physical activity enough
to benefit their health.
In 2002, less than half (44%) of Canadian youth reported participating in
organized sport at least once a week. A year later
it was worseâ€”just over a third participating (38% in 2003).
In other countries, like Australia, over three-quarters (78%) of
youth participate at least once a week.
Other countries like Australia spend more than Canada does on sport. With
a population of 19 million (two-thirds of
Canadaâ€™s), Australia spends $157 million annually on sport (30% more
than Canada). Canada increased it's spending, for
year only, by $20 million (for a total of $120 million) on May 14, 2004.
here for the Benefits of Sport support document
The Canadian sport
communityâ€™s election message is simple - 1% of the healthcare budget to be
spend on sport and physical activity. Taking into account increased
federal money for health, the 1% solution represents a federal level total of
approximately $400 million into sport and physical activity. The current
federal level contribution for sport and physical activity is about $125
million. This would therefore represent an increase of approximately $275
CALL TO ACTION:
1. Simply write,
email, call, or meet with your local candidates asking:
Like the Conservatives, will the (X) Party also allocate 1% of the health care
(or an equivalent of 1%) for sport and physical activity?
Please click here
for the candidates in each the Calgary electoral districts.
2. CBC will be
hosting televised debates (French - June 14th, 2004 @ 8 PM EST/ English - June
15th, 2004 @ 8 PM EST). Questions for the debates can be
submitted by email: email@example.com or by
automated voice message system by calling 1-800-565-1422.
is a summary of the
federal parties' election platform in regards to sport and physical activity.
summary is provided in
Will improve access
to French language services for Francophone athletes; will commit funds
towards a â€œla releveâ€� program supports using infrastructure program for local
sport projects (not specific on money - how much? Existing budget dollars or
Will commit one
percent of federal health funding to the funding of sport and physical
activity (not clear over what time frame)
Will guarantee safe
environmental conditions for sport and physical activity; increase support
for community-based sport and recreation organizations, programs and
facilities; advocates sport and recreation management practices that are
sustainable; make a strategic investment of $500 million over five years to
aggressively address the physical inactivity and obesity epidemic in Canada;
Support high-performance athletes by encouraging broad-based participation in
sport; support the provision of essential facilities, coaching and medical
services for selected high-performance athletes; Re-introduce a national
school-based fitness testing program. (not specific on money - how much?
Existing budget dollars or new dollars?)
support for high-performance athletes and coaches to help them achieve
consistent world-class results; provide funding to organizations to ensure
that all Canadians, regardless of ability or
circumstances, have the opportunity to participate in sport, and encourage
greater participation in organized sport among the general population. (not
specific on money - how much? Existing budget dollars or new dollars?)
Dedicate some of the
recent increases in Sport Canada funding to increase access to programs for
women, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal Canadians. Dedicate sport
infrastructure funding to municipalities to help build and run community
recreational facilities, with priority for facilities serving youth and
Restore the ParticipAction program. (not specific on money - how much?
Existing budget dollars or new dollars?)
Thank you to
the Sport Matters group for their work in the development of this resource