E-Alliance has released its inaugural Scorecards on gender equity, revealing significant gaps in representation, particularly in leadership ranks of Canadian sport. Researchers empirically evaluated specific components of gender equity based on studies examining representation and participation. Some of the key grades are:
- National Sport Organization (NSOs) leadership positions at Board President level: D+
- National Sport Organization leadership (CEO) positions at CEO level: B
- NSO Senior Staff scored an average of B but this included 30% of NSOs receiving a failing grade of F for gender equity
The Gender Equity Scorecards also reveal that:
- Only 26.1 percent of Team Canada Paralympic coaches at the Beijing Games are women, and only 11.8 percent of Olympic coaches at the Games are women.
- There were no women coaching Canadian minor league hockey in 2019-2020 and women accounted for only three percent of coaches in AA and AAA hockey.
- Canadian university and college level hockey is the exception, with close to equal participation rates and 24% of coaches are women.
Click here to view the Scorecard for Canada at the Olympic Games.
Click here to view the Scorecard for Canada at the Paralympic Games.
“Our organization is committed to empirically evaluating the current climate for Canadian women and girls in sport across all levels,” says Professor Ann Pegoraro, who one of E-Alliance’s three co-directors. “We recognize that there has been progress at the interuniversity level. This is a result of deliberate decisions to bring more women to the table. However, in all other organizations, men continue to occupy most decision-making positions.”
About the Scorecard
The grading scale is based on 2022 The Institute for Diversity and Ethic in Sport Report Card.
The data used for the Scorecard evaluation came from the data collected in partnership for the 2020-21 CWS Leadership Snapshot, COC data released on Team Canada at the 2022 Games and Hockey Canada’s 2019-2020 annual report.