The world of sport is changing. A changing population means changes in what sports are played, and societal changes mean changes to how sport is played. In 2011 the Alberta government approved the Active Alberta Policy to ensure that the province is maximizing effectiveness of the resources allocated to sport, recreation and active living by linking it to the achievement of established outcomes. Setting a vision for the sector, Active Alberta outlines mechanisms necessary for Albertans to enjoy a high quality of life, improved health and wellness, strong communities, economic benefits and personal fulfillment through sport, recreation and active living.
Sport also has a very important role to play in addressing social policy, which is how we meet human needs. Alberta's Social Policy Framework sets the overall direction and guides collective efforts to meet the growing and diverse needs of Albertans. Sport is a key contributor to the framework in that it keeps Albertans actively engaged, provides lifelong learning, promotes healthy lifestyles, and gives Albertans a sense of inclusion within communities. The Canadian Sport Policy will provide the base upon which we will build the Alberta Sport Plan.
At a national level, Alberta along with the other provinces and territories endorsed the Canadian Sport Policy 2012, which provides a new approach to sport that encompasses all contexts of sport participation.
Working within existing policies and with the recognition that sport is continually evolving, the province of Alberta is utilizing these policies, along with a public and stakeholder consultation to determine its priorities over the next 10 years.