"Newcomers frequently cite organized sport as a vehicle for their integration and inclusion into their new communities. However, these people face barriers to sport participation, such as unfamiliarity. Many newcomers have never encountered hockey, curling, or other winter sports. They may also not know how to navigate the amateur sport system, or access the information they require in order to join up.
According to a 2014 study, the top barriers to sport participation for newcomers are cost (54%), time (56%) and other priorities (65%) (Institute for Canadian Citizenship, 2014)."