Supporting Canadian Athletes

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The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, is the single largest investor in Canada’s amateur sport system.  Sport Canada provides leadership and funding to help ensure a strong Canadian sport system which enables Canadians to progress from early sport experiences to high performance excellence.

The mission of Sport Canada is to enhance opportunities for all Canadians to participate and excel in sport. 

The Government of Canada provides financial support through three programs:

  • Through the Athlete Assistance Program, every year $28 million in funding goes directly to approximately 1800 athletes, giving them financial assistance to pursue world-class results while achieving their academic and career goals.
  • The Sport Support Program provides about $146 million to Canadian sport organizations to strengthen our national sport system and benefit our athletes and coaches.
  • The Hosting Program provides about $20 million annually to assist Canadian communities in hosting world-class international sport events and the Canada Games.

Athlete Assistance Program (AAP)

The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is a national-level program that identifies and provides funding directly to athletes already at or having the potential to be in the top 16 in the world.

Funding is based on national standards, which are sport specific, in order to identify eligible athletes for financial support.  Athletes who are approved for funding and are financially supported through the AAP are referred to as CARDED ATHLETES. AAP support is referred to as CARDING.

The AAP offers three types of financial support to eligible athletes:

  • Living and training allowance;
  • Tuition and deferred tuition support; and
  • Special-needs assistance.

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