AthletesCAN to conduct landscape equity, diversity and inclusion survey of members in partnership with U of T and E-Alliance

U of T, AthletesCAN, E-Alliance Partnership on image of Alicia Brown

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is proud to unveil it is conducting an anonymous survey, to assess the demographics of its members and nature and quality of their sport experiences, particularly as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

The goal of the survey – in partnership with the University of Toronto and the E-Alliance Research hub for gender+ equity in sport – is to develop an enhanced understanding of national team athletes’ experiences within their National Sport Organization (NSO) environment to help address systemic inequities in the Canadian sport system, including monitoring AthletesCAN programs and designing new initiatives to advance EDI practices.

“We are excited to partner with U of T on this critical survey. This important initiative will provide us with key data on the EDI experiences of our members and be the first step in using the athlete voice to create meaningful change for the future.”

Neville Wright - AthletesCAN Board member; Chair of the Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee

The survey is open to all current and retired national team athletes within the last eight years who are 16 years of age or older. Individuals of all intersectional identities are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will request general demographic information and ask about specific aspects of members’ sport experience in the NSO environment, including, overall impressions of EDI, the nature of personal experiences (i.e., positive and negative), and perceived progress of EDI initiatives. All participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.

“The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE) is delighted to be partnering with AthletesCAN on this important initiative. The anonymous survey will give athletes an opportunity to have their voices heard and in so doing inform the design and delivery of safe, welcoming and more inclusive sport in Canada.”

Professor Gretchen Kerr, Dean of KPE and Co-Director of E-Alliance

To learn more about this opportunity and access the survey, click here.

About the University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

The University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education is guided by a mission to develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about the interactions of physical activity and health through education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity. Follow us on social @UofTKPE

About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete-centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture. Follow us on social @AthletesCAN and Join #TheCollective today. 

For more information, please contact: 

Alan Hudes
Manager, Communications and Sport Partnerships
613-526-4025 Ext. 224
[email protected]

Jelena Damjanovic
Public Relations Officer
Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Toronto
[email protected]