February 2020 – Kelly Sears has been contracted by the Department of Canadian Heritage to evaluate three financial assistance programs administered by Sport Canada: Sport Support Program, Hosting Program and Athlete Assistance Program. Together, these programs enhance the Canadian high performance sport system by supporting athletes and Canadian sport organizations and helping organizations to host international and national sporting events. Sport Canada aims to promote and celebrate the participation of athletes of all ages in sport and success in the highest levels of competition. The study will involve a considerable amount of data collection, including interviews with funded sport organizations and the review of the findings of surveys of athletes and coaches undertaken by Sport Canada. This evaluation will be completed by the end of 2020 and will be posted on the Canadian Heritage website.