Canoe Kayak Canada – Recipient of Community Sport for All Funding – We Paddle program officially launched

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Posted By: Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is thrilled to be a recipient of Community Sport For All grant from the Government of Canada (Sport Canada). 

The Community Sport for All Initiative (CSAI) supports NSOs in establishing more accessible and locally organized sport programs aimed at reducing barriers to participation, particularly among Black, Indigenous and racialized communities as well as 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, persons with disabilities, people with low incomes and newcomers.  

The funding has been allocated to 24 organizations, clubs and communities including: 

Provincial Sport Organizations: 

  • Alberta Whitewater Association (AWA) 
  • Canoe Kayak BC (CKBC) 
  • Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) 
  • Manitoba Paddling Association (MPA) 


  • Banook Canoe Club 
  • Club de Canotage de Shawinigan 
  • False Creek Racing Canoe and Kayak Club 
  • Gananoque Canoe Club 
  • Greater Edmonton Racing Canoe and Kayak Club 
  • Mississauga Canoe Club 
  • North Bay Canoe Club 
  • Orenda Canoe Club 
  • Ottawa River Canoe Club 
  • Ottawa River Runners 
  • Otterburn Boating Club 
  • Petrie Island Canoe Club 
  • Pisiquid Canoe Club 
  • Rideau Canoe Club 
  • South Niagara Canoe Club 
  • Sudbury Canoe Club 
  • Sydenham Canoe Club 
  • Wai Nui Canoe Club 
  • Wascana Racing Canoe Club 
  • Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club 

These clubs and communities successfully applied for the CKC CSAI program, called We Paddle’. With this funding, several communities across the country will be better equipped to increase participation in their sport at the community level while removing barriers for equity-deserving groups. 

“Canoe Kayak Canada is thrilled to be working with so many partners on our piloting of the We Paddle program and coach training,” says Kenna Robins, Director of National Program Development at CKC.  “We have great provincial and club projects underway, including Alberta Whitewater’s project, Adaptive Paddling programming for individuals with different needs and abilities, Wai Nui Canoe Club’s introduction to paddling program for new Canadians, and many more.  We are excited to be able to share all the activity going on across the country in the coming months.”  

The Government’s Community Sport for All Initiative supports National Sport Organizations (NSOs) in establishing more accessible and locally organized sport programs aimed at reducing barriers to participation. Through an investment of $16.7 million, 39 NSOs can give Canadians access to and stay involved in sport. 

CKC will be featuring the benefits of the CSAI program at our clubs in the coming months. For more information on the Sport Canada program, click here.