Regional sports associations

Sports development on the island of Montreal is based in part on its ecosystem of regional sports associations. These cover different regions, from the whole island to certain territories specific to the Quebec Games regions (Montreal, Lac-Saint-Louis, Bourassa). Whatever the territory covered, the associations' primary objective is to develop their sport within their territory. 


This development can take a variety of forms, including the governance of sport at regional level, support for local clubs, the deployment of leagues or competition networks, consultation and promotion. From one sporting discipline to another, the mandate and roles of regional sports associations may differ, due to their historical development or the provisions governing them at the level of their provincial sports federation. 


On the other hand, some sports use the word association at the local level. It is therefore important to distinguish between a local association, which acts more as a club, and a regional association, which groups together several clubs in its territory.

*This list is made up of regional sports associations recognized by the city of Montreal and federations mandated for sports development on the territory. 

What is a regional sports association?

An organization of members who share a common interest in the regional development of one or more sports recognized either by a provincial or national sports federation or by an official body. It promotes and supports the healthy development of athletes and their sports, at both recreational and competitive levels:

  • by extending the mission of its sports federation to the regions, where appropriate;
  • supervising, and sometimes directing, competitions in the local area;
  • by supporting the organization and staging of events at various levels, such as the regional finals of the Jeux du Québec and the Jeux de Montréal;
  • by offering services to its members, such as training courses for coaches, officials and other types of services;
  • promoting the development and coaching of local clubs and athletes under its responsibility;
  • by promoting cooperation and collaboration among its members and with partner organizations;
  • by ensuring compliance with the rules of the sports federation, both technically and in terms of safety and ethical practice;
  • by setting up democratic and transparent regional consultation structures;
  • recruiting and training competent volunteers to ensure the sound management and optimal development of its sport