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In Memoriam of Sport Alliance Ontario

The funding has run out. The province of Ontario defunded the Sport Alliance Ontario late last year, and the organization has officially declared bankruptcy. Since 1968 the Alliance has provided funding and scholarships for a number of athletic programs all over Ontario. More on that later.

What should the Alliance have done? Should it have used more coupon codes when making purchase orders? Had annual garage sales of our office equipment?

This website is being kept up as a memoriam of the Alliance, and also as a source of information for the numerous athletic bodies that are wondering why they’re funding is currently delayed. The expense of keeping the site up and running is out of pocket, and is not being funded by the province of Ontario in any way.

Interested parties in acquiring this domain name should send us a message in our contact form.

What The Alliance Did:

The Alliance was best known for putting on the Ontario Games, which we’re happy to see is still continuing despite this situation.

On top of the Ontario Games, we also funded the Ontario Sport Awards and the Team Ontario Development Grant. Like the Ontario Games, these projects will continue as normal, according to Blane McPhail (no, seriously, that’s his name), the spokesperson for the Sport Minister.

We’d like to thank everyone whom has worked for, or otherwise helped support, the Sport Alliance Ontario. If you have any other questions, feel free to use our contact form. We will reinstate as much of the old website as we can, so that any and all answers to your questions can be found. Goodbye. Au Revoir.

low impact exercises

5 Low-Impact Exercises For Beginners

Nothing can ruin a workout routine like an injury. Many traditional exercises such as running or weight lifting can be stressful to the body, which can cause injuries. This is especially true for someone who doesn’t have much workout experience, is overweight, has joint or bone problems, or has simply gone too long without regular exercise.

Joints, muscles, and bones can all be stressed by exercise. The following low-impact exercises, however, are particularly good for prolonged workouts.


Walking is so basic that many people don’t consider it exercise. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Walking is the most fundamental exercise, and no one who is in good shape doesn’t walk at least a few miles a day. Walking 10,000 steps a day (which is 5 miles, give or take) is not only fairly low-impact, but can have dramatic health benefits.

A pedometer is a great way to measure your progress, and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. A Fitbit is a great piece of workout equipment, but it will cost you at least $60. A cheap pedometer can be found online or at sports equipment stores for one-fifth the price, or you can download a free pedometer app to your smartphone.


Swimming is fantastic cardio, is essentially zero-impact, and works out nearly every muscle group at once. But for many people, swimming as a regular part of their exercise routine is just not feasible. If you don’t own a pool, or don’t live by the water in a warm climate, regular swimming may be a luxury.

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics are similar to normal aerobics, with two added benefits. First, there’s the added resistance from the water, which helps strengthen the muscles. Second, just like with swimming, the water is an inherently low-impact environment. Water aerobics are particularly popular for rehabilitation.

While water aerobics has many of the same benefits as swimming, it has the same big drawback: if you don’t live close to a free, year-round place to swim, it can be difficult to work into your daily schedule.


Whether stationary or on the road, biking has the same great cardiovascular benefits as running, at a fraction of the physical stress. Biking can also be easily incorporated into your daily schedule. Swimming, while a fantastic low-impact exercise, requires a chunk out of your schedule. If you live within a few miles of work, you can turn your daily commute into an effective and low-stress cardio exercise.

Elliptical Machine

Elliptical machines were invented in the 1990s. Since then, they have become a gym staple, more popular than both stationary bikes and treadmills, which are high impact and potentially dangerous.

Ellipticals provide a cardio workout that exercises both the legs and the arms, and is specifically designed to have as little impact on your joints as possible.

There is an ideal low-impact workout for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. These exercises are just as effective as their high-impact counterparts, but without as much bodily stress.

Website sponsor

Since Sport Alliance Ontario no longer receives funding, we require sponsors to keep this website up and running. One such sponsor is, a provider of coupons and deals for web hosting, email, domain registration, and more!

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)


Policy Statement:

SAO is committed to providing quality service to our diverse user community, including persons with disabilities.  As part of our commitment to providing access to our services for all customers, we seek to remove obstacles faced by individuals with disabilities.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), SAO will provide service, both electronically and in person, in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities.

Procedures / Guidelines:

SAO will support our customers to utilize our services in the following manner:

1.      Providing Goods and Services


We will communicate to people with disabilities in ways that take into account their disability.  We will train our service staff on how to interact and communicate with our diverse user community and people with various types of disability, respecting their dignity and independence. For example, SAO provides, free of charge, larger print documents and the use of relay call services to accommodate customers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Telephone Services:

We will train our staff to communicate with our customers over the telephone in plain language and to speak clearly.  We will also make our staff familiar with telephone technologies intended for people with disabilities.

We will offer to communicate with customers by TTY (TeleTypewriter) if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available. For example, the SAO will provide step by step instructions on how to use the TTY feature along with other device tools.

We are committed to providing fully accessible telephone service to our customers.  We will train our Contact Center Staff to communicate with customers over the telephone in clear and plain language and to speak clearly.

We will offer to communicate with customers by TTY (TeleTypewriter) if telephone communication is not suitable to their communication needs or is not available.

Assistive Devices:

We will ensure that our employees are familiar with and trained in the use of various assistive devices which may be utilized by our customers. For example, the SAO will provide step by step instructions on how to use the TTY feature along with other device tools.


SAO is committed to providing accessible invoices in alternate formats upon the request of our customer by providing larger print documents.

 2.       Use of Service Animals and Support Persons

Service Animals:

Persons with a disability may enter SAO premises accompanied by a service animal, and keep the animal with them, in areas to which the public has access on our premises, providing the animal is not otherwise excluded by law.  While visiting our premises, it is the responsibility of the person with the service animal to ensure the animal is under control at all times.

Support Person:

Persons with a disability may be accompanied by a support person and have access to that individual at all times.  SAO may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person while on our premises, in situations where it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the person with a disability.

 3.      Notice of Temporary Disruption

SAO will make every effort to provide customers with notice in the event of a disruption in the facilities or services usually used by people with disabilities. This notice will include information about the reason for the disruption, its anticipated duration and a description of alternative facilities or services, if available.  We will not be able to give adequate notice in case of a temporary emergency disruption.

In order to make information accessible, signs and printed notices will be displayed at the entrance to our facilities.

 4.       Training for Staff

SAO will ensure that all persons to whom this policy applies receive training as required by the Accessibility Standards for Customer Services.  In addition, training will be provided to new employees as part of their orientation and on a continuing basis as required.  The amount and format of training will depend upon the person’s interaction with customers.  A record of training will be kept by the Facility Services Department.

Training will include:

  • The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
  • The requirements of the Accessibility Standards for Customer Services.
  • Information about SAO policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to the provision of services to users with disabilities.
  • How to interact and communicate with people with various types of disabilities.
  • What to do if a person with a disability is having difficulty accessing SAO services.
  • How to interact with people with disabilities who use assistive devices or require assistance of a service animal or a support person.
  • How to use equipment or devices available by SAO that may help with the provision of services to persons with disabilities.

Applicable staff will be trained on policies, practices and procedures that affect the way goods and services are provided to people with disabilities. Staff will also be trained on an ongoing basis when changes are made to these policies, practices and procedures.  

 5.      Feeback Process

The ultimate goal of the SAO is to meet and surpass customer expectations while serving customers with disabilities. Comments on our services regarding how well those expectations are being met are welcomed and appreciated. Feedback regarding the way SAO provides services to people with disabilities can be made by contacting:

Sport Alliance Ontario
Attn:  H.R. Committee
3 Concorde Gate, Suite #313
North York, ON
M3C 3N7

6.      Modification to This or Other Policies

SAO is committed to developing and updating customer service policies that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.  Therefore, no changes will be made to this policy before considering the impact on people with disabilities.

7.       Question About this Policy

 All questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Facility Services Manager.



What is the Sport Alliance Ontario?

Sport Alliance Ontario (SAO) is a provincial sport development agency. It is our goal to support personal and community development through sport opportunities – from the Playground to the Podium. We provide programs, services and resources to help our member organizations achieve their own objectives and realize their full potential – enabling the full Ontario sport and recreation community to grow, prosper, succeed and celebrate. For more information about SAO please click here.


Is Sport Alliance Ontario the governing body of sport in Ontario?

No, it is a partner/program delivery agent for sport in the province of Ontario. Sport Alliance Ontario was established to support the development of sport in Ontario through the establishment of a provincial sport centre, through the management of the Ontario Games, Team Ontario, the Ontario Sport Awards and KidSport. Each provincial sport organization has its own governing body.


Where is Sport Alliance Ontario located?

The Sport Alliance Ontario office building is located at 3 Concorde Gate in Toronto, Ontario. Our building is near Wynford Drive and the Don Valley Parkway. For more information, please contact


How do you become a member of the Sport Alliance Ontario?

Our members are recognized provincial sports and recreation organizations. To become a member of Sport Alliance Ontario you must be a recognized sport and recreation organization with the Ontario Ministry. You do not have to be a tenant of Sport Alliance Ontario to obtain a membership. For more information and to become a member please contact Jennifer Joseph,


What types of services can be accessed at Sport Alliance Ontario?

Sport Alliance Ontario has a number of services available to both MSOs/PSOs residing in the building and for any sport organization outside the building who wish to access them. There are print and design services, conference facility services, mail services to name a few. For more information on services offered please click here.


Are there any meeting facilities within the building?

Sport Alliance Ontario has a modern facility service with a 5 boardroom conference centre, av support, catering, etc. For more information regarding SAO conference services please click here.


If I book a boardroom is catering available to me?

Although catering is not available directly at Sport Alliance Ontario there are caterers on record who would be happy to assist you with your next meeting. For more information regarding catering services please click here.


Is there any office space available in the Sport Alliance Ontario building?

Sport Alliance Ontario is the home to amateur sport and recreation in Ontario. For leasing office and storage space opportunities, please contact Facility Services at (416) 555-7000 or by email For more information regarding leasing opportunities please click here.


Is there any free parking at your building and where is parking located?

Unfortunately there is no free parking available however there are a number of parking lots that are located in close proximity to our building. There are meter parking lots located all around the building. For visitors parking information please click here.


What are the core business hours?

Sport Alliance Ontario’s regular business hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.


Do the Provincial Sport Organizations fall under Sport Alliance Ontario?

Each sport has its own mission and mandate which is generally part of the sports overall governing body.  Sport Alliance Ontario is a resource, an advocate and a champion for sport in Ontario and as such works very closely with all sport and recreation organizations to help deliver the message of sport in Ontario.


Are the Sport and Recreation organizations employed by Sport Alliance Ontario?

No, each sport is their own organization however Sport Alliance Ontario does provide programs, services and resources to these organizations.


How many Sport & Recreation organizations are located in the Sport Alliance Ontario building?

There are 46 different Sports and Recreation organizations in the building, which is why the Sport Alliance Building is the home to amateur sport and recreation in Ontario.


What are the Sport and Recreation organization’s hours of operation?

Each organization decides their business hours. We recommended calling the organization of choice before arriving at the building to ensure they are in fact open. Many of the provincial organizations will close their office during events.


I am interested in volunteering in sport. What are my options through Sport Alliance Ontario?

Here at Sport Alliance Ontario, there are always volunteer opportunities available. There is always something going on in sport in Ontario and we would be more than happy to direct you to an opportunity that may be of interest to you. Please contact us for more information on these opportunities.