In 1971, volunteers founded Sask Sport Inc. (Sask Sport) to provide a unified voice for amateur sport, establish a fundraising program and develop collective programs and services beneficial to sport. One year later, Sask Sport was incorporated, and then in 1974, Sask Sport volunteer board members provided the start-up funds for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation in Saskatchewan. The first lottery was successful, and the Government of Saskatchewan enacted legislation for Sask Sport to operate Saskatchewan Lotteries and allocate lottery proceeds to eligible sport, culture and recreation organizations in Saskatchewan.
Today, Sask Sport remains a volunteer-led, non-profit organization and the federation for amateur sport in Saskatchewan. The sport federation’s membership has grown to include more than 70 sport and multi-service provincial organizations that deliver sport opportunities for Saskatchewan residents of all ages and abilities—for a total of over 320,000 registered participants each year.
Saskatchewan Lotteries remains the main fundraiser for more than 12,000 sport, culture and recreation groups that provide quality activities to over 600,000 registered participants each year. Sask Sport continues to operate Saskatchewan Lotteries, 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.
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.
Volunteers remain the foundation of the lottery-funded sport, culture and recreation system. They support a cost-effective and efficient delivery system that empowers people to make the best decisions for their communities. Each year, over 330,000 volunteers combined with non-profit professionals, form a vast and skilled workforce motivated by a shared belief that participation in sport, culture and recreation should be accessible for all, and that it has the power to transform lives and communities.
Sask Sport Volunteer Board Chair