Launch of Action Plan to Improve Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

In order to close the gender gap in sport, the Ontario government has released Advancing Opportunities for Women and Girls in Sport: Ontario's Action Plan.

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The plan outlines actions that the province will take to increase the number of women and girls who are athletes, coaches, sport administrators and leaders at schools, universities and communities across the province. These include:

  • Establishing an advisory group to identify actions that will remove barriers and improve the participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity.
  • Creating an information sharing platform for recognized sport organizations to share best practices in recruiting, developing, supporting and retaining women athletes, coaches, sport administrators and officials.
  • Requiring all before and after school programs to have staff trained in diversity and inclusiveness, to promote a welcoming environment that is reflective of the unique needs of girls, and to ensure that girls can participate at the same level and frequency as boys.
  • Working with all Ontario organizations involved in delivering amateur sport and recreation to promote the inclusion of 60 minutes of physical activity for children and youth connected to the school day.