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 it is always just one scandal away from losing its positive value. That is why we need to always be aware of what is going on in sport and share the responsibility of its protection.
Clearly, doping remains the single biggest danger to sport, but it is not the only ethical issue. Some threats are apparent, like violence, harassment and exclusion, while others lurk just below the surface – like gambling, match fixing and the sideline behaviour of some parents. There also remain quiet prejudices, such as homophobia and racism. Even the governance of our community sport system is vulnerable to exploitation.
Building on ten years of work by Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments and leading sport organizations (through the True Sport Secretariat and its Steering Committee), the CCES is working to prevent unethical behaviours and promote ethical conduct in sport that will contribute to the long-term goals of the Canadian Strategy for Ethical Conduct in Sport:.
With this in mind and with an eye to the future, we are sharing links to information and tools on the ethical issues that Canadians have told us matter the most. We encourage you to join the conversations and let us know what other ethical sport issues are important to you.
(July 2005) The Strategic Counsel presents the findings from a survey of Canadians on values in sport. [1 MB PDF]
(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.
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...
(July 2002) A recent 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...