The Basics

What are the True Sport values?

Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience based on the values of: fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun.

What is True Sport?

True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. True Sport is dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference.

Is there a True Sport newsletter?

Yes, True Sport in Action is our quarterly newsletter. Subscribe today!

What are the True Sport Principles?

Go for it

Play fair

Respect others

Keep it fun

Stay healthy

Give back

Include everyone

Who is behind the True Sport Movement?

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, True Sport Foundation, and the True Sport Secretariat are the early leaders of the Movement.

True Sport also has the endorsement of the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for sport, recreation and fitness.

What is the goal of True Sport?

When good sport happens we are instilling character in our children, strengthening our communities and increasing our opportunities for excellence on and off the field of play.


What is the total number of declarations received by True Sport?

To see the current number of True Sport declarations, look at the counter in the top right corner of this website.

What does it cost?

Signing on to the True Sport Movement is easy and it’s free! 

How do I join True Sport?

If True Sport sounds like you, you can get your team, league, school, or community on board. First discuss the initiative with your group, then join online. As you grow True Sport around you, you will be in touch with a larger movement of people and communities who can give you advice and support.

What's in it for me / for us?

When you sign on to True Sport, you will instantly be connected to a larger community of like-minded parents, athletes, coaches and community organizers across the country all working to make sport as great as it can be. You will also have access to tips, tools, and resources to inspire those around you. But the ultimate reward of growing the True Sport Movement is the increased quality of life that healthy sport systems will bring to your kids and your community.

What if I belong to more than one group?

If you belong to more than one group, you can get any or all of them to join. Each group joins through its own enrollment process, as they will have to discuss and commit to the True Sport Principles. For each of the groups you would like to involve in True Sport, select the group type from the list on the Join form.

If I belong to a non-sport group or club that believes in True Sport, can we join?

Yes. Many community groups that are not focused on sport, from Boys and Girls Clubs to police associations, support True Sport as Allies. True Sport Allies help strengthen good sport by using sport intentionally in their work and expressing their support for those who deliver quality sport programs.

If I don’t belong to any groups, can I still join?

Yes! Individuals can join True Sport as Citizens. In addition to becoming a True Sport Citizen, you may consider becoming a True Sport Champion or encouraging your community, school, team, or league to join True Sport. Supporting the Movement on your own is great; spreading the word is even better.

Why is True Sport membership geared mainly to groups?

The True Sport Movement is powered by Canadians who share a commitment to good sport. True Sport Principles are expressed when people come together through sport: when teams play, when schools promote positive athletic participation, when clubs and leagues draw members of a community into sporting events and activities. Individuals can support and promote True Sport—and many individuals make important contributions to True Sport —but it is in groups and communities that True Sport really comes to life.