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Acronyms, Definitions & Glossary




  • A4L: Active for Life
  • BCAR: British Columbia Activity Reporter
  • BCSI: British Columbia Sport Information
  • BCSPP: British Columbia Sport Participation Program
  • CAC: Coaching Association of Canada
  • ChPC: Chartered Professional Coach
  • COC: Canadian Olympic Committee
  • CPC: Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • CSI-P: Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
  • DSO: Disability Sport Organization
  • IF: International Sport Federation
  • LTAD: Long-term Athlete Development
  • MTAC: Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture
  • MSO: Multi-sport Service Organization
  • NCCP: National Coaching Certification Program
  • NSO: National Sport Organization
  • PISE: Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence
  • PSO: Provincial Sport Organization
  • YTP: Yearly Training Plan




  • Annual Contribution Funding: Funding for PSOs and DSOs achieving minimum criteria and accreditation status
  • Program Funding: Application-based award having a multi-year term
  • Project Funding: Any one-off, application dependent funding that is project specific and has a finite duration 



  • Affiliated Sport Organization: Identified by viaSport as an organization serving a demonstrated need of a particular demographic, region, sport, or group of sports that other organizations do not, or are not able to, meet
  • Recognized PSO: Recognized by viaSport the entity responsible for the organization and development of a sport, sports, or group of sports disciplines in British Columbia
  • Accredited PSO: Accredited by viaSport as the authoritative body for a sport, sports, or group of sport disciplines in British Columbia, also responsible for the sport's organization, growth, and development  



  • Accessibility 
  1. Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. This relates to participants within under-represented groups (i.e. individuals with socio-economic challenges or new Canadians with varied languages or cultural beliefs). 
  2. Accessibility can also be used in reference to access to services, facilities and opportunities by individuals with a disability (i.e. ramps, elevators, braille, sign language interpreters, specific or specialized coaching, attitudinal preparedness and inclusion policies, etc.)
  • Adaptive sport: Sport for participants with a disability (physical, intellectual, cognitive, hearing and/or visual). This may involve adapted equipment, adapted rules and adapted execution of skills.  There may or may not be a traditional sport equivalent. 

  • Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD): A systematic approach being adopted by all sports to maximize potential and increase the enjoyment of participants and athletes. It provides a framework for developing physical literacy, physical fitness, and competitive ability, using a seven-stage training, competition, and recover approach.


  • Parasport: Formalized sport for participants with a disability (physical, intellectual, cognitive, hearing and visual). This may involve among other aspects: adapted equipment, adapted rules and adapted execution of skills. There may or may not be a traditional sport equivalent. 


  • Physical literacy: Physical Literacy means moving with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person. These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.