Sport Policy in Canada provides the first and most comprehensive analysis of the new Canadian Sport Policy adopted in 2012. In light of this new policy, the authors, top scholars in the field, provide detailed accounts of the most salient sport policies and programs, while also discussing issues and challenges facing policy makers. In Canada and around the world, the last decades have known a sharp increase in state intervention and public funding in pursuit of medals on the international stage and in support of a more active lifestyle.
Governments at all levels have made substantial investments in hope of hosting major sporting events to benefit from the economic impact and gain international prestige. The study of sport policies, often neglected in the past, is becoming an increasingly important research topic. Sport Policy in Canada seeks to fill this void by offering the most comprehensive analysis of sport policy since Macintosh, Bedecki, and Franks' Sport Policy in Canada (1987).
Published in English.
Since 1984, Jean Harvey has specialized in sports and health sociology. He first acquired expertise on issues affecting sports policies in Canada and abroad through several research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This research led to publications on development of sport policies in the context of a welfare state, policies on access to sports for all, policies on high-performance sport and requests made by Canadian professional sport franchises for government funding.