Montreal's sports ecosystem

The sports ecosystem on the island of Montreal is made up of a wide range of players with distinct, complementary and sometimes overlapping roles. This page is intended, among other things, as a tool for outlining the roles and responsibilities of the main entities making up the territory's sports community. 

One of the roles of the Conseil du sport de Montréal is to mobilize the various players in the sports community to support sports development throughout the territory, from discovery to high performance. To achieve this, the Conseil du sport works collaboratively on various groups and committees to help resolve certain issues affecting sports organizations.

Many of the definitions below are taken from the Politique de reconnaissance et de soutien en sport régional de la Ville de Montréal.

Thes main entities making up the sports ecosystem on the island of Montreal :

Local sports clubs

A sports club offering services in the borough or linked town where it is located. The club is usually open to all and has active members, the majority of whom come from its borough or linked town. The organization's mission is to develop the sport within its territory, and it is recognized as such by its sports federation.

Supralocal or regional sports clubs

A structured, federated organization that supports the development of athletes in a sport discipline with a performance objective within regional, provincial, national and international networks. The sports club is a single-discipline or multi-discipline organization bringing together members who share a common interest in the practice of their sport. Its members come from several boroughs or related towns.

Regional sports associations

An organization bringing together members who share a common interest in the regional 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

Montréal multisport organizations

Conseil du sport de Montréal The Conseil du sport de Montréal is a non-profit organization whose vision is to be the leader of the city's sports community.
For more information, visit the about us page.

Sport et loisir de l'île de Montréal Sport et Loisir de l'île de Montréal is a regional, independent, non-profit organization that contributes to the development and enhancement of recreation, sport, physical activity and outdoor activities on the Island of Montreal by supporting communities and stakeholders and creating synergy between them through consulting services, networking, promotion and training.

Montréal - Métropole en santé and its mobilization Montréal physiquement active : A member of the Collectif TIR-SHV, Montréal-Métropole en santé is mandated to act as the regional intersectoral table for healthy lifestyle habits.
Montréal - Métropole en santé supports networks of players who join forces to promote healthy lifestyles for all Montrealers.
Montréal physiquement active supports networks of players who join forces to promote physically active lifestyles for all Montrealers.

Sports Montréal: Sports Montréal's mission is to foster a passion for physical activity, from an early age, by creating positive, educational and accessible sports experiences. Sports Montréal is the organizer of the Jeux de Montréal, owned by the Ville de Montréal.

RSEQ Montréal: The RSEQ Montréal is a non-profit organization that brings together all the schools of the Centre de services scolaires de la Pointe-de-l'Île, the Centre de services scolaires de Montréal and 31 private French-language colleges in Montreal.
RSEQ Montréal's mission is to contribute to student retention and success, as well as to personal development, through the promotion of health and the practice of sports and physical activity in the student environment.

RSEQ Lac-Saint-Louis: A privileged partner in promoting educational success through sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyle habits, the RSEQ Lac-Saint-Louis is a service organization that supports the school service centers and private member establishments in its territory.
The RSEQ Lac-Saint-Louis territory includes the primary and secondary schools of the Centre de services scolaires Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSSMB), the Centre de services scolaires des Trois-Lacs (CSSTL) and the private schools (FEEP) located on the territory (territory defined by the two school service centers).

RSEQ GMAA: The Greater Montreal Athletic Association (GMAA) is a school sports organization devoted to the promotion of athletics in the English schools of the greater Montreal region.

Provincial sports organizations

Quebec federations recognized by the ministry responsible for sports or Canadian federations recognized by Sport Canada. A sports is responsible for :

  • draw up and implement a development plan for sporting excellence;
  • implement training and development programs for sports managers;
  • collaborate in the development and management of a network of competitions on its territory in its discipline(s);
  • to govern the discipline(s) in its field of activity;
  • represent the structure of its sport(s) to other institutions (national or international federations).

Sports Québec : To carry out its mission and promote the interests of the Quebec sports system, SPORTSQUÉBEC assumes and coordinates numerous programs aimed at the development of sport in Quebec.

Alliance Sports Études : Recognized and subsidized by the Ministère de l'Éducation and the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, the Alliance Sport-Études brings together 46 colleges, the Cégep à distance and 11 universities. Their mission is to support the academic and athletic perseverance and success of top-level Quebec athletes pursuing higher education.

RSEQ The Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec is a sports federation responsible for the development of sports within Quebec's educational institutions.

Aléo Foundation Aléo Foundation: The Aléo Foundation offers scholarships to promising student-athletes to ease their financial burden and encourage the reconciliation of sport and studies. It offers support services to its bursary recipients to help them achieve their full potential and pursue their studies and sport.

Sport'Aide Sport'Aide's mission is to provide leadership in the implementation of initiatives that promote a healthy, safe and harmonious sports environment for young athletes, and to provide support services to the various players in the sports community, at both elite and recreational levels.

Canadian and international sports organizations

Canadian federations: National Sport Organizations (NSOs), sometimes called National Sport Federations (NSFs), are the national governing bodies for their sport in Canada. They perform many important functions, including:

    • govern all aspects of sport in Canada;
    • manage their high-performance sports programs;
    • select and manage their national team;
    • implement initiatives to develop and promote their sport;
    • approve national competitions and tournaments;
    • provide professional development for coaches and officials in their sports;
    • present and support bids to hold international competitions in Canada.

Canadian Olympic Committee: The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is the private, non-profit organization that represents Canada on the International Olympic Committee. The COC is also a member of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Canadian Paralympic Committee: The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a private, not-for-profit organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic movement. The vision of the Canadian Paralympic Committee is to be the best Paralympic country in the world. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada, enabling athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games.

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC): The objectives of the SDRCC are education and prevention. Their role is to provide tools and advice to enable minor disputes to be resolved quickly and informally.

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport The CCES is an independent, not-for-profit, multi-sport organization. Their vision: fair, safe, accessible and inclusive sport. The organization believes that the raison d'être of sport is to contribute to society, and that ethics in sport is the best way to achieve this. The organization believes that by striving to activate True Sport, promoting ethical sport and protecting the integrity of sport, they will achieve their mission and make their vision a reality.

U Sports U Sports is the governing body for interuniversity sport in Canada. The organization coordinates the Canadian university championships, ensures the distribution of various collective and annual honours, and promotes the practice of sports at the university level.

Municipal authorities

City of Montreal : The City of Montreal is Quebec's metropolis and Canada's second most populous city.

On the sports front, following a review of municipal responsibilities and consultations on regional sports, the Direction des sports of the Service des grands parcs, du Mont-Royal et des sports (SGPMRS) has been entrusted with the coordination of regional sports mandates, effective January 1, 2021. These include management of partnership agreements relating to the Programme de soutien aux associations sportives régionales, as well as management of outdoor sports field reservations for the Montreal-Concordia territory.

So that the SGPMRS can be responsible for organizing regional sport and managing the Recognition and Support Policy, the boroughs of the Ville de Montréal have delegated regional sport responsibilities to the SGPMRS, under article 85 of the Charter of Ville de Montréal.


Montreal boroughs : Ville de Montréal is subdivided into 19 boroughs. Each borough is governed by a borough council with powers, responsibilities and obligations relating to urban planning, fire and civil safety, the environment, local economic, community, cultural and social development, culture, recreation (sports), parks and local roads. Here's the list of Montreal boroughs:

    •  Ahuntsic-Cartierville
    • Anjou
    • Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
    • Lachine
    • LaSalle
    • Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
    • The South-West
    • L'Île-Bizard-Sainte-Geneviève
    • Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
    • Montréal-Nord
    • Outremont
    • Pierrefonds-Roxboro
    • Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles
    • Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
    • Saint-Laurent
    • Saint-Léonard
    • Verdun
    • Ville-Marie
    • Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension


Related cities : There are 16 cities in the Greater Montreal area. In addition to the city of Montreal, here are the 15 linked cities on the island of Montreal:

    • Baie-D'Urfé
    • Beaconsfield
    • Côte-Saint-Luc
    • Dollard-Des Ormeaux
    • Dorval
    • Hampstead
    • Kirkland
    • Montreal East
    • Montreal West
    • Mount Royal
    • Pointe-Claire
    • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
    • Senneville
    • Westmount


Agglomeration of Montreal : The agglomeration's territory includes the entire island of Montreal, Île Bizard and a few other small islands. The agglomeration therefore covers the same territory as the administrative region of Montreal. The agglomeration should not be confused with the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, which includes the agglomeration of Montreal and all the other municipalities and MRCs in the Montreal metropolitan area (the city of Laval, the North Shore and the South Shore). The Montreal Agglomeration Council has a number of responsibilities, including mass transit, police and fire services, water supply, support for the sporting elite and national and international sporting events, to name but a few.

Top-level sport

INS Québec : The Institut national du sport du Québec is a non-profit organization that supports all athletes involved in Olympic or Paralympic sport, as well as high performance coaches in Quebec.
The Institute offers scientific, medical and professional services. A member of Canada's Network of Olympic and Paralympic Sports Institutes and the Réseau Francophone Olympique de Recherche en Médecine du Sport, the Institut's network of 8 regional multisport training centers, 22 single-sport training centers and its Olympic Park Complex are spread across Quebec.
What's more, thanks to a partnership with the Canadian associations and provincial federations of the sports concerned, the INS Québec hosts 10 resident sports at its Olympic Park Complex.

  • Boccia
  • Boxing
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Swimming
  • Artistic swimming
  • Short-track speed skating
  • Loon
  • Water polo

Single-sport training centers: Single-sport training centers offer discipline-specific coaching and facilities for both current high-level athletes and those of the next generation. The single-sport training centers currently on the island of Montreal are :

  • Center 21.02 (women's field hockey)
  • Quebec Karate Center of Excellence
  • Olympic Basin Development Center of Excellence (rowing)
  • Center national de performance de Montréal (figure skating)
  • Montreal National Short Track Centre (speed skating)
  • National Tennis Center
  • National Athletics Development Center


Other organizations are part of the Montreal sports ecosystem, either operating in the city or having activities that affect the metropolis. These include Alliance Montréal (basketball), the Montréal Canadiens (field hockey), CF Montréal (soccer), the Montréal Alouettes (soccer), the World Anti-Doping Agency, La Force de Montréal (field hockey), La Toundra (basketball), Le Royal de Montréal (Ultimate)...