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What is a PSO and a DSO?

Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO) and Disability Sport Organizations (DSO) are not-for profit organizations that are recognized by their National Sport Organization as the governing body for their sport in the province.

In B.C. there are 53 Accredited Provincial Sport Organizations and 7 Accredited Disability Sport Organizations ensuring quality experiences for athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Clubs that belong to a PSO are committed to meeting the standards of a quality sport experience.  Go to the PSO/DSO Partners page for a complete listing of PSOs and DSOs that are recognized by viaSport.

The role of the PSO is to:

  • Lead, develop and promote the sport within the province
  • Provide training and professional development for coaches and officials
  • Set standards for quality control (coach training, safety, competition, etc.)
  • Sanction and host competitions and tournaments
  • Nominate high performance athletes to receive access to services through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
  • Provides clubs access to SportBC services (insurance, KidSport grants, National Sport Trust Fund) 

The role of viaSport is to:

  • Evaluate Provincial Sport Organizations against minimum standards for accreditation in order to receive government investment
  • Manage government’s investment in Provincial Sport Organizations
  • Build the capacity of PSOs to achieve standards through program and professional development, knowledge mobilization, and consulting services
  • Empower and support sport organizations with the tools and resources to effectively resolve disputes

Funding Framework

The Investment Review Series provides an in-depth and transparent explantion of the current PSO and DSO funding framework in the form of three reports.