Sask Sport Inc. Annual Report 2017-18

About Us

Sask Sport Inc. (Sask Sport) is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization and the federation for amateur sport in Saskatchewan. Its members provide opportunities for Saskatchewan residents of all ages and abilities to participate in sport.


Message from the Chair

“This system is unique in Canada and I am honoured to be a part of it. It champions healthy and active lifestyles; safe and quality participation for all; reduces barriers; and brings people and communities together. The benefits of participation are long-lasting and far-reaching. Together we can leave a legacy for future generations.”

Volunteer Board Chair

Saskatchewan Lotteries

Saskatchewan Lotteries is the provincial marketing organization for Western Canada Lottery products such as LOTTO 6/49, LOTTO MAX and SCRATCH ’N WIN.

Sask Sport has been licensed to operate Saskatchewan Lotteries continuously since 1974, and through an agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan, proceeds from Saskatchewan Lotteries are dedicated to sport, culture and recreation organizations to benefit communities throughout the province.

In the beginning, volunteer power was harnessed to establish the sales and distribution system across the province, and through the years the network has evolved into a sophisticated network of 927 retail locations.


Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund
for Sport, Culture and Recreation

Proceeds from the sale of lottery products are placed in the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation (Trust Fund) for granting to eligible organizations as designated by the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport. Three volunteer-led, non-profit organizations—Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc.— are partners in the Trust Fund. Volunteer committees from the sport, culture and recreation communities review and adjudicate all funding requests.

By entrusting the volunteer community, Saskatchewan has nurtured a cost-effective and efficient delivery system. More importantly, it has empowered people to make decisions best for their communities and garnered widespread support at the grassroots level.

There are approximately 1,200 organizations that receive direct funding and through them over 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups benefit.

The lottery-funded volunteer sport, culture and recreation system is really about people but it also provides Saskatchewan with opportunities for leadership, economic growth, community building, quality and safe programming, and much more.

The funded groups put lottery proceeds to work. It is estimated that they leverage an additional $4 for every $1 of funding thereby multiplying the investment made into the system each year.


The Saskatchewan Lotteries Community Grant Program is a partnership involving Sask Sport Inc., SaskCulture Inc. and the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. It assists in the development of sport, culture and recreation programs by providing funds to non-profit community organizations operated by volunteers. The goal is to get people involved in sport, culture and recreation activities by enabling communities to address the needs of local residents.

In 2017-18, over $5.5 million was granted to nearly 1,000 communities across the province. The community grants that were received this year helped support programs ranging from senior fitness in Govan to hockey tournaments in James Smith Cree Nation to music festivals in Lafleche. Virtually every area of the province is impacted by the Community Grant Program, which enriches the lives of Saskatchewan people.

Enhancing Saskatchewan Lives Through Sport

Sport Brings People Together

Sport helps shape leaders and communities. It brings people together, and provides a healthy platform for reconciliation and inclusivity.

This year, the Government of Saskatchewan extended its existing Canada Saskatchewan Bilateral Agreement on Sport Participation for another three years (until 2021-22), and expanded its objectives to include support for programming that strengthens Indigenous capacity, leadership and culturally-relevant community sport programs. This funding leverages provincial sport investments that have a high impact on sport participation. Sask Sport and the Government of Saskatchewan manage the Agreement.

Over the past year, approximately $383,000 was contributed by the federal government to impact programs such as Dream Brokers, the Aboriginal Community Sport Development Grant, the Aboriginal Coaches and Officials Program, Aboriginal Sport Enhancement Program, Sport for All/Games Coordinator Program, Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council, and Team Saskatchewan travel support to participate in the North American Indigenous Games. This funding is critical as the sport community responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. The Agreement provides stable funding for community sport programs that reflect the diverse cultures and traditional sport activities of Indigenous people.

“Sport is a tool to strengthen and build better communities. An effective team sport approach does not focus on differences; rather, it embraces the skills and abilities of each individual. Sport is the platform which can contribute to the development of children and youth, while kids get to have fun in a structured environment that contributes to sense of belonging, teamwork, leadership, pride and motivation.”

Chair, Aboriginal Sport Leadership Council

Audra Young

Developing Sport and its Leaders

Sport impacts people and communities in ways that intersect and complement each other, building healthier, more connected and engaged communities. Research shows that sport creates leaders, increases community capacities and social capital, grows the economy, and much more. Sask Sport continues to invest in the Saskatchewan amateur sport system and its leaders for future generations.

Increasing Participation

Increasing Participation for All

The sport delivery system strives to support a growing and diverse population through sport programs and services, fostering a healthy, inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Sask Sport provides support, ongoing consultation and community assessments that enhance community sport participation through existing programs and services.

Recognizing Excellence and Celebrating Achievements

Celebrating excellence and achievements inspires others to make healthy choices, pursue goals, and reach for their dreams.

The outstanding performance of Saskatchewan teams and individuals for their accomplishments and contribution to the sport system are recognized through an Athlete of the Month Program and the Saskatchewan Sport Awards, celebrating the exceptional athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers in the province. The Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in 1984.

Marsha Hudey

2017 Female Athlete of the Year

“Sport is more than a game to me because at the end of the day, it’s the lessons that you learn and the memories that you make that mean the most. I would encourage the younger generation to do whatever they’re passionate about. And, honestly, you can do whatever you want and be whatever you want, because dreams come from within.”

June 2017 Athlete of the Month

Jarret Kenke

The Sport System Supported Four Major Multi-Sport Games in 2017-18

North American Indigenous Games


July 16-23, 2017
Canada Summer Games


July 28 - August 13, 2017
Tony Cote Summer Games


August 6-11, 2017
Saskatchewan Winter Games


North Battleford
February 18-24, 2018

Congratulations to the amateur sport community!

Saskatchewan was successful at these games because of the vast support from generous volunteers, trained coaches, skilled officials, supportive families and dedicated Districts and communities that provided the capacity to host and prepare for so many games in one year.

Brittany Hudak

Para Nordic Biathlon

“Sport definitely helps you learn to set short- and long-term goals. You’re constantly striving to be better. Sport has impacted my quality of life. It’s given me something to work toward and kind of improving how I feel about myself.”

Read Her Story

Administration Centres for Sport, Culture and Recreation (1989) Inc.

Sask Sport operates the Administration Centres for Sport, Culture and Recreation to provide business services in an affordable manner to non-profit sport, culture and recreation organizations throughout the province. These services include bookkeeping, payroll, printing and office space rental, in addition to administrative and other common support services.

The Administration Centres’ services help non-profit groups to operate efficiently and effectively, and to focus their efforts on providing quality programs to their members.

Financial Highlights

Year ended March 31, 2018

Financial Highlights

* Selected financial information is derived from the annual audited financial statements of the following entities:

  • Western Canada Lottery – Saskatchewan Division Inc.
  • Sask Sport Distributors Inc.
  • Sask Sport Inc.
  • Administration Centres for Sport, Culture and Recreation (1989) Inc.

The independent external auditors of the organization have, as part of their responsibilities, reviewed this information to ensure its consistency with the audited financial statements.