From grassroots to competitive, sports and recreation provide many benefits to the citizens of our province and improve the quality of life in Saskatchewan.
Provincial Games and Team Sask
The Saskatchewan Games Council is responsible for the Saskatchewan Games Program. The council is a Provincial Sport Organization on the Minister's Eligibility List and receives funding through Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund (SLFT) for sport, culture, and recreation. Funds are used to support Team Sask's participation at multi-sport games and to host provincial games.
The Council is responsible for the co-ordination of Team Sask's participation in the Canada Games and Western Canada Summer Games. Athletes are chosen from within their provincial sport organization and are led by coaches, managers and mission staff - all of whom comprise Team Sask.
Western Canada Summer Games
The western provinces and territory governments have been committed to supporting the Western Canada Summer Games since 1975, when they were first held in Regina, Saskatchewan. Today, Western Canada Summer Games are held every four years bisecting the Canada Games cycle. Athletes range from 13 to 23 years old in the train-to-train or train-to-compete stages of the Long Term Athlete Developmental model and includes Para Sport and Special Olympic events.
In July 2015, the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport announced the City of Swift Current would host the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games. The Government of Saskatchewan provides consultative and technical services to the host community and has committed $1.5 million to support their planning and staging of a successful Games.
Athletics Commission of Saskatchewan
The Athletics Commission of Saskatchewan (ACS) regulates professional combat sports in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Snowmobile Fund
Saskatchewan is one of the most affordable provinces in Canada in which to register a snowmobile and access a provincial trail system. Since 2005, all snowmobile registration fees collected by Saskatchewan Government Insurance have been directed to the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Fund. These fees help the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association (SSA) and its member clubs maintain provincial snowmobile trails and promote safe snowmobiling. The SSA is responsible for this work through the Trail Management Agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan.
The snowmobile registration fee and associated insurance premium give snowmobile owners liability insurance and access to the province’s more than 10,000 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails.
Federal and Provincial Cooperation in Sport and Recreation
The Government of Saskatchewan and the federal government work together on sport, physical activity, and recreation initiatives. The Government of Canada contributes financially through Sport Canada, a branch of the Department of Canadian Heritage. Shared funding agreements between the federal government, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Sask Sport provide opportunities for persons from under-represented groups and/or marginalized populations to actively participate in sport as athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteer leaders
Framework for Recreation in Canada
The Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association contributed to the development of the Framework for Recreation in Canada. The framework is a guiding document for recreation in our country; it presents a renewed definition and vision of recreation as well as common values, principles, and goals. The Government of Saskatchewan is an advocate for the framework’s implementation and success in Saskatchewan.
Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC)
The ISRC provides a forum for provincial/territorial governments officials, where new information can be shared and new avenues of co-operation identified. At the same time, the Council is actively involved in coordinating programs and policies at the provincial, territorial and national levels.