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Sport & Partnership Development

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Sport has significant social and economic impacts in our community. In Calgary alone, it is estimated there are more than 400 sport organizations with an estimated 320,000 participants. This number does not reflect the dedicated parents and volunteers also involved in sport.

The ‘Sport’ division within Recreation fosters a sustainable sport delivery system that enables Calgarians to experience and enjoy involvement in sport.

Our division advises, collaborates and consults with sport stakeholders, as well as, serves as the primary access point to City programs and services available to sport users and groups.

Calgary Civic Sport Policy

Calgary’s Civic Sport Policy was endorsed by the sport community and approved by Council in 2005 as a means to grow, foster and encourage sport and sport opportunities in Calgary. ‘Sport’ operates within the scope and context of this policy.

It has been ten years since Council first approved the policy and now is an appropriate time to evaluate the progress to date, as well as, to seek a better understanding of:

  • issues and barriers to achieving the desired impact of the Policy
  • the City’s role (municipal role) within the broader sport delivery system
  • how the City works with its partners to achieve Council’s priorities

In 2016, Calgary Recreation is looking to refresh this policy and will be seeking input from the public. ‘Sport’, along with our consultants, will begin engagement with sport stakeholders and partners.

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Engagement Opportunities - From March 18-April 22, we conducted a survey targeted to local sport organizations. Please note that this survey was completed by an authorized representative of a local or provincial sport organization providing services and programs directly or indirectly to Calgarians. We received feedback that will help us envision the future of the Civic Sport Policy.
The LSO/PSO Civic Sport Policy Survey is now closed.

Check back here or on the Engage! Page to learn of future engagement opportunities.


In addition to providing support to sport groups, The City of Calgary has established partnerships with many non-profit organizations, which deliver valuable services to Calgarians.  These include Sport Calgary, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, Talisman Centre, Vecova, Calgary Rotary Challenger Park and McMahon Stadium


Current Projects:

 Available Grants:

  • Sport Facility Renewal Funding Program (SFR)
  • Capital Conservation Grant (CCG)

World Class

Calgary was named Canada's Ultimate Sports City, World's Best Small Sports City and #5 overall Ultimate Sports City by SportBusiness International in 2014, internationally recognised and longest established ranking of the world's top sports hosts, held every two years.