Facts and Stats

It has never been more important to understand the challenges Canadian girls and women face in sport.

If a girl hasn’t participated in sport by the age of 10, there is only a 10% chance that she will be physically active as an adult. Only 16% of adult women report sport participation.

CAAWS understands the need for research that drives us forward. We partnered with Canada’s dairy farmers for the Fuelling Women Champions initiative and published “Women in Sport – Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation” in March 2016.


This report is one of the most extensive and important resources for anyone looking to understand the status of women and girls in the Canadian sport system.

Key challenges highlighted in the report include:

  • A sharper decline in girls’ participation rates during adolescence than boys’
  • High costs to participate and few perceived financial opportunities for a career as a female athlete
  • A lack of prominent role models and quality media coverage
  • A need for coaches who can support positive sport experiences for girls

We give you the facts you need to understand the issues – then we show you how to make a difference.

With recommendations for system, community, and individual level change, there’s a part for everyone to play in improving the Canadian sport landscape for women and girls.

The report, which has been highlighted by the honourable Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, is available in full and in summary form.

Learn more about Fuelling Women Champions, an initiative of Canada’s Dairy Farmers.

Twitter: @WomenChampions

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