Coaching Association of Canada

NSO Grants: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) offers grants to National Sport Organizations (NSOs) that organize and operate programs and initiatives to increase the number of coaches who identify with one or more of the CAC’s Priority Groups. In the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, the CAC defines Priority Groups as “women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, and people that identify with the LGBTQI2S+ community”.  

Ten (10) grants of $500 are available to NSOs that provide a matching grant of $500. Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Providing practical coaching experiences for coaches (example: attending a National Championships in a coach apprentice role) 

Applications will be accepted from May 19 to June 30, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by July 15, 2022.  

                                         Program guidelines                   Apply now

All questions regarding the Grant program can be directed to Andrea Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion at    

2021-22 Recipients

  • Athletics Canada, Coaching with a Disability  
  • Badminton Canada, Apprentice Coach Pre-Olympic Training Camp  
  • Biathlon Canada, 2021-22 Women in Coaching Mentorship Program  
  • Rowing Canada Aviron, Para Rowing Coach Mentorship and Education Developing Program  
  • Taekwondo Canada, Women in Coaching Mentorship  
  • Canada Basketball, Maritime Women’s Basketball Association Coaching Program   
  • Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association/Boccia Canada, Boccia Coach Mentoring and Support Group  
  • Curling Canada, Women in Curling Leadership – Community Practice Leader  
  • Football Canada, Black Football Coaches of Canada Mentorship Program  
  • Judo Canada, Online Adapted Judo Coaching Course  


NCCP Coaching Education Grants

The CAC and Game Plan Coaching Education Grants program introduces athletes to the possibility of a career in coaching. As part of this initiative, Game Plan and CAC support athletes on their pathway to complete the Competition-Development or Advanced Coaching Diploma program. 


  • Expose athletes to National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) coach education. 
  • Expose athletes to a career in coaching. 
  • Recruit coaches from within the sport system. 
  • Develop a relationship between, Game Plan, CAC, NSOs, COC & CPC, to keep athletes and alumni in the sport system. 

Access to Competition-Development 

Game Plan, in partnership with the CAC, reimburses NCCP coaching education fees for athletes to complete NCCP Competition-Development training in their sport. This reimbursement is available for athletes who are still competing or within 2 years of retirement as per Game Plan eligibility, with the CAC’s funding contribution for women participants, as per CAC’s directed funding via it’s Women in Coaching Program. 

Access to the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma 

Game Plan, in partnership with the CAC, reimburse coaching education fees for athletes to complete the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma. This reimbursement is available for athletes transitioning out of sport or who are already retired, with the CAC’s funding going solely toward women participants. 


The CAC is grateful to work with our partnering organizations towards our common goal of creating a safe and inclusive sport environment.  


Gender Equity in Coaching 

Current coaching data indicates that women are under-represented as coaches both nationally and internationally. 

Coaches are the most visible and influential leaders in sport. They shape the day-to-day lived experiences of participants and influence the growth and development of sport. 

By working to ensure the Canadian sport coaching landscape is more equitable, will we see an increase in women's participation in coaching and leadership roles, which will help to increase in girls' participation in sport and physical activity.

We’ve partnered with Canadian Women and Sport to establish the Gender Equity in Coaching Framework and Self-Assessment Tool to identify the key areas for organizational change to improve the conditions for women in coaching.  Sport leaders will be able to utilize the  tool to improve conditions for women in coaching by identifying the factors that can be changed within their organization. 

Sport organizations have a responsibility to challenge the status quo, combat biases in the coaching pathway, and foster an inclusive culture in sport to actively advance gender equity in coaching.  

Complete The Gender Equity in Coaching Self-Assessment Tool to determine your organization’s areas of strength and potential areas of improvement to advance gender equity in coaching.