The Capacity of Sport to Integrate Newcomers into Canadian Communities

Smart, Alexander (Sacha)
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University of Guelph

As Canada is poised to increase the number of newcomers arriving annually, attention is being directed toward how sport can be leveraged to facilitate the creation of new opportunities for newcomers to become engaged with their communities. Utilizing a phenomenological approach, this paper explores the implications of youth participation in organized sport on the acculturation experience of new Canadian families through semi-structured interviews and observations of organized youth sport programming. The findings suggest the accessibility of sport in Canada is an attraction for youth participation though the effects of sports participation is limited to the individual participating, as well as the barriers affecting the full participation of newcomers into Canadian communities. Considering the realities of the newcomer experience, sport programming meant to engage new Canadian families can couple with other programming that affects the acculturation experience of newcomers.

sport, integration, phenomenology, newcomers, multiculturalism, sport management