Explore grants and partnerships available to coaches, participants, and sport organizations.
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:
Hosting NCCP Workshops for coaches
Developing a mentorship program
Developing a Community of Practice
Providing practical coaching experiences for coaches (example: Attending a National Championships in a coach apprentice role)
Applications will be accepted from May 1 to June 30, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by July 11, 2021.
All questions regarding the NSO Grant program can be directed to Andrea Johnson, Project Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion at email@example.com.
Coaching Enhancement Program (CEP)
In the spring of 2015, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) signaled its intention to develop a high-performance Coaching Enhancement Program (CEP) for Canada's top summer and winter Olympic sports.
Sport Canada (SC), Own the Podium (OTP), the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) have worked in partnership with the COC to develop a multi-year program that supports coaches from Canada in the pursuit of Olympic and Paralympic excellence.
Launched in the fall of 2017, the CEP is a groundbreaking initiative built and delivered by Canada's high-performance partners that makes a long-term commitment to the development of our Olympic coaches. The CEP supports NSOs in their commitment to assess and develop their leading senior coaches as well as those who show potential to rise to the top.
In partnership with the CAC, the CEP is continually enhancing the program to provide even more development opportunities for participating coaches and existing partnerships in the Canadian sport system.
Game Plan, Canada’s national athlete total wellness program, supports and empowers high-performance athletes to pursue excellence during and beyond their sporting careers. Taking a proactive approach to total athlete wellness, the program is designed to help athletes navigate change and focus on performing when it matters most.
The COPSI Network delivers Game Plan in seven locations across Canada. Each hub leading Olympic and Paralympic training environments to elite athletes and coaches. Learn more about services available.
The CAC and Game Plan Coaching Education program introduces athletes to the possibility of a career in coaching. As part of this initiative, Game Plan and CAC support up to seven athletes 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 Comp-Dev
Game Plan, in partnership with the CAC, reimburses coaching education fees for 2-5 athletes to complete NCCP Comp-Dev 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 female 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 1-2 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.
Status of Women Canada
Status of Women Canada is a Government of Canada organization that promotes equality for women and their full participation in the economic, social, and democratic life of Canada.
Status of Women Canada works to advance equality for women by focusing its efforts in three priority areas:
- Increasing women's economic security and prosperity.
- Encouraging women's leadership and democratic participation.
- Ending violence against women and girls.
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) aspires to achieve equity for women in society through the power of sport. It is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive Canadian sport and physical activity system that empowers girls and women—as active participants and leaders—within and through sport. With a focus on systemic change, CAAWS partners with governments, organizations and leaders to challenge the status quo and to advance solutions that result in measurable change.
Equity in Coaching
Equity in Coaching is a collaborative project between CAAWS and the CAC designed to help sport organiztions address the under-representation of women in coaching in Canada. CAAWS and CAC will work directly with National Sport Organizations (NSOs) to increase their capacity to recruit, retain, and advance women in coaching.
Download the brochure to learn more about how CAAWS is leading change for women and girls and sport and physical activity in Canada [PDF – 2.6MB].
Gender-based Violence / Teen Dating Violence in Sport Task Force
The Coaching Association of Canada is seeking expressions of interest from the sport, coaching, and research communities who are interested in contributing to the 2019-2023 CAC Gender-based violence (GBV)/Teen Dating Violence (TDV) in Sport Task Force. Learn more about the Task Force positions