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Designation Process and Criteria

Provincial Sport Organizations that meet viaSport designation criteria can apply for Accredited, Recognized, or Affiliated status.

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Designation Framework

This framework is applicable to Provincial and Disability Sport Organizations only. These organizations must be aligned to, and in good standing with, their National Sport Organization. Local sport organizations or clubs are ineligible to receive a designation. Only one organization per sport may apply for a designation.  

 

In order to confirm eligibility for a designation, organziations are required to provide documentation supporting the designation criteria outlined below.

Organizations meeting our criteria are granted a viaSport designated status, pending approval from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport.

Designation Criteria

Affiliated

Recognized

Accredited

Designated by the NSO as the provincial organizing body. Yes Yes Yes
Integrates Long Term Athlete Development model. Yes Yes Yes
Has a NCCP coaching pathway or equivalent. Yes Yes Yes
Has a verifiable annual membership*. Yes Yes Minimum
1000 members
Yes Minimum
1000 members
Has members in a minimum number of BC Games Zones*. No Yes Minimum
3 zones
Yes Minimum
5 zones
A registered society in good standing with the BC Societies Act. Yes Yes Yes
Agrees to participate in periodic evaluation and provide annual reporting. Yes Yes Yes
Makes policies publicly available. Yes Yes Yes

*Disability Sport Organizations require an annual membership of only 100 members and participation in at least three BC Games Zones.
**Affiliated, Recognized, and Accredited organizations have different policy requirements:

Affiliated:

Code of Conduct, Complaints & Discipline, Equity & Access, Conflict of Interest, Criminal Record Screening

Recognized:

Code of Conduct, Complaints & Discipline, Equity & Access, Conflict of Interest, Criminal Record Screening

Accredited:

Code of Conduct, Complaints & Discipline, Equity & Access, Conflict of Interest, Criminal Record Screening, Dispute Resolution, Drug-Free, Privacy, Team Selection

Designation Benefits

Designation validates a sport organization’s standards and practices while enhancing their reputation and competitiveness. 

Designated organizations can also participate in viaSport education and engagement opportunities and are included in amateur sport-specific communications.

Benefit

Affiliated

Recognized

Accredited

Project Grant Funding Yes Yes Yes
Annual Contribution Funding No No Yes
Engagement Opportunities Yes Yes Yes
Promotion on viaSport Website Yes Yes Yes
Educational Opportunities Yes Yes Yes
Dispute Resolution Support Yes Yes Yes