Special Olympics Canada | Olympiques Spéciaux Canada
4364 basketball players

are currently registered with Special Olympics. Basketball is one of the newest sports to be added to our roster.

42,565 children, youth & adults

with an intellectual disability are registered in Special Olympics programs.

Team Canada

Our Future

Continuing to build

Our vision is to continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we will strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the community in regards to Special Olympics Canada and those involved with us. As an organization, we will work to ensure our volunteers are strongly committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Through these steps, we hope to continue to build upon the past success of the organization.

2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Our vision for Special Olympics in Canada

The following statements reflect the desired long-term future for Special Olympics in Canada.

Opportunity & Accessibility

We will:

  • Provide all athletes with choices in their opportunity to train and to compete;
  • Be accessible and open to all athletes with an intellectual disability, regardless of their ability;
  • Be a change agentfor social inclusion – advocating for and providing all athletes with opportunities for integration through sport;
  • Be recognized as an integral and valued part of the sport delivery system by working in partnership with sport organizations.



We will:

  • Provide quality programs and services for our members and supporters;
  • Provide quality training for athletes and coaches;
  • Provide a high level of support for athletes in training and competition including a focus on their personal health, well-being and safety.


Community Awareness & Support

We will:

  • Have a very high level of community awareness so that people know who we are, what we provide and how to access opportunities;
  • Be in every community that wishes to join the Special Olympics movement;
  • Be an integral and valued part of communities, such that if we failed to exist there would be an outcry in the community.



We will:

  • Be an integrated cohesive organization. Thinking globally, acting locally;
  • Have a strong committed group of volunteers;
  • Provide opportunities for all athletes in the movement to have input into and access decision-making processes;
  • Ensure that people know where to voice their concerns and that they have an opportunity to be heard;
  • Be officially bilingual and respect the diverse cultures in Canada;
  • Be accountable to our members and partners, and decision-making processes will be transparent, clear, fair and understood;
  • Support research and development on issues affecting people with an intellectual disability;
  • Play a leadership role on the community, provincial, national and world stages in advancing Special Olympics;
  • Constantly challenge ourselves to enrich the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport.