Issue 1 - Accessibility

Reaching people of all ages and levels of fitness where they live poses a number of challenges.

Physical access, time constraints and socioeconomic background need to be taken into consideration in order to encourage people to want to participate in activities and help them act on that desire.

Physical access

Easy access to facilities, spaces, services and equipment is often all it takes for people to get moving. Effective urban planning also fosters active transportation and greater availability of spaces and paths for a variety of outdoor activities.

Time constraints

Free time is often the result of a healthy balance between work and personal responsibilities. To be able to participate in physical, sport or recreational activities, people must have access to facilities, equipment, spaces and services at times that fit into their schedule. This flexibility is all the more important for family activities in the evening, on weekends and during school holidays and summer vacation.

Socioeconomic background

Québec is made up of people from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Values, traditions and customs often influence individual and group choices. Consideration of different people’s particular characteristics, backgrounds and needs is important for reaching different population segments and fostering access to activities for as many people as possible.

Participation in physical, sport and recreational activities is also often dependent on family or personal income. A precarious financial situation can affect the choices made by individuals, groups and communities, excluding them from services.


Improve spaces and services that foster regular participation in physical, sport and recreational activities

Since accessibility is a key aspect of participation in physical, sport and recreational activities, it is important to create environments conducive to adopting and maintaining a physically active lifestyle.

For this reason, maintenance, renovation and upgrading are as important as construction in ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for all Quebecers.

Facilitate the participation of individuals, groups and communities with special needs

To do justice to this orientation, the Policy takes into account the needs and expectations of all Quebecers, regardless of age, sex, income, abilities, culture or community.

The Policy takes into account the situations of:

  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • Immigrants and cultural communities
  • People living in poverty
  • Aboriginals
  • Rural and isolated communities

Facilitate athletes' pathways to high performance

Québec must continue to excel in Canadian and international sports. If it is to achieve excellence, support for high-performance athletes must satisfy the international requirements for the sport, and the best-known practices must be applied.

The collaboration of all partners is therefore indispensable in the accomplishment of the greatest sport achievements. This responsibility is shared by the Québec government and sport organizations.

Specific Measures

Increase the amount of financial support allocated to sport and recreational facilities in Québec

Increase the amount of financial assistance for:

  • the construction of facilities in elementary schools so that all of them have at least one gym or room dedicated to physical activity
  • regional single- and multi-sport training centres and for the Institut national du sport du Québec
  • sport and recreational activities in Northern communities and for the Arctic Winter Games as part of the deployment of the Plan Nord initiative

Provide financial assistance for:

  • the maintenance and upgrading of outdoor paths, trails and spaces
  • the regional and provincial FADOQ Games
  • Special Olympics Québec
  • ensuring student retention and success among high-performance athletes
  • the georeferencing of outdoor paths, trails and spaces and for the acquisition of usage rights

Accelerate the replacement or modification of:

  • refrigeration systems in arenas and curling centres

Increase the amount of financial assistance for:

  • the regional and provincial Secondaire en spectacle competition

Launch a financial aid program for:

  • scientific research, innovation and information dissemination with a view to providing support and supervision for high-performance athletes