Gender Inclusivity

Much of sport is organized by sex or gender; however, not every athlete fits into or identifies with the binary of male and female.

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, and to make Canadian sport a positive space for all athletes. 

In 2012, the CCES released a report entitled, “Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender Inclusivity.” The 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.

In 2016, the CCES released a policy guidance document designed to help sport organizations develop their own trans inclusion policies. “Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport - Guidance for Sport Organizations” provides policy guidance and best practices for sport at recreational and developmental and high-performance levels.

To further assist sport organizations with the development and implementation of a trans inclusion policy, the CCES published a practice and policy template in 2018 titled “Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport – Policy and Practice Template for Sport Organizations.” The template document is designed to help sport organizations create their own policy and practice for all trans inclusion, for all involved including athletes, staff and volunteers.

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

(Ottawa, Ontario – May 4, 2016) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) released today a document entitled, “Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport -...

Creating Inclusive Environments for Trans Participants in Canadian Sport

Guidance for Sport Organizations - Developed by the Trans Inclusion in Sport Expert Working Group

Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender Inclusivity

The report, subtitled “a conversation of discovery, clarification and implications among experts,” was written by John Dalla Costa, a Toronto-based author and internationally acclaimed expert in fostering ethical excellence in operations and outcomes.