The Sport for Social Development in Indigenous Communities (SSDIC) component of the Sport Support Program (SSP) reflects that the Government of Canada considers sport to be a powerful agent for social change and innovation and can achieve key social development outcomes in Indigenous communities. It is also a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s Calls to Action, which identified four key social development needs of Indigenous communities.

The SSDIC program funds eligible organizations to deliver sport for social development projects tailored to address the self-identified social objectives of individual Indigenous communities in Canada.  Those needs form the specific targeted social outcomes of the SSDIC component:

  • improved health;
  • improved education;
  • improved employability; and
  • reduced at-risk behaviour.

Funding under the SSDIC component of the SSP is divided into two streams in order to ensure that the majority of the funding is provided to Indigenous organizations as the delivery mechanism, while also allowing an opportunity for non-Indigenous organizations to support the self-identified needs of Indigenous communities.

Stream One

This stream is reserved for established Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Bodies (PTASBs), as well as for the Aboriginal Sport Circle (ASC) to provide leadership and support to the PTASBs for their delivery of the Initiative.

Stream Two

This stream is open to Indigenous governments, Indigenous communities and other not-for-profit Indigenous and non‑Indigenous delivery organizations collaborating with an Indigenous organization(s).

Application deadline

  • Stream Two – Indigenous governments, Indigenous communities, and other not-for-profit
    Indigenous and non-Indigenous delivery organizations: October 16, 2020

Read more about eligibility and how to apply for funding under Stream Two of the SSDIC component at the following link: