Ringette Canada receives transformational Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion grant

Ottawa, ON– Ringette Canada has been awarded a grant by Sport Canada (a division of the Department of Canadian Heritage),  which will greatly impact the accessibility and inclusivity of ringette in Canada. Ringette Canada’s vision is that ringette provides lifelong opportunities for participants in a safe, inclusive, and challenging environment, and this grant will enable us to ensure that our equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives reach participants nationwide.


“We are so grateful to be the recipients of this grant,” said Julie Vézina, Executive Director of Ringette Canada. “The projects that are encompassed within will transform the current ringette landscape, allowing us to elevate our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives to make sure they are impacting as many people as possible.”


Over the course of the next year, Ringette Canada will undertake a series of new projects including an analysis of the current ‘Female Coach on the Bench’ policy and its impact, an Indigenous ringette pilot project in British Columbia, the delivery of a nationwide Come Try Ringette program in partnership with the Sport Information Resource Centre, the translation of Come Try Ringette delivery and materials into Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, and Mandarin, as well as the development of a robust pathway from athlete to official. 


Ringette Canada is proud to be advancing these initiatives, and making ringette more accessible to a diverse range of participants nationwide. We believe this grant will allow us to make significant strides toward this goal. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.



For more information:


Jenni Lloyd

Communications, Engagement, and Marketing Director

Ringette Canada



About Ringette Canada

Ringette Canada is the national body that oversees ringette in Canada. Ringette is a Canadian sport that was invented in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario by Sam Jacks. There are currently over 30,000 players on nearly 2,000 teams across Canada, with over 1,500 officials and nearly 8000 coaches. Internationally, it is played in more than half a dozen countries worldwide. Ringette has been designated a Heritage Sport by Sport Canada and as part of the Sport for Life movement, ringette is well advanced at adapting Sport Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model. Learn more at www.ringette.ca

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While we are a proud Canadian organization, we acknowledge that our head office is located on traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Ringette Canada extends our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable contributions to this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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