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Recommended Ages 5 Years and Up

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, designed for beginners and is the feeder program to all other Skate Canada Skating Programs. When you sign up for CanSkate you will be in a program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. You will earn badges and other incentives as you learn fundamental skating skills.


  • Skaters are grouped according to age and skating ability as they progress through a series of badges.
  • Lessons are 60 minutes in length, and given in a group format and led by an NCCP certified professional coach, who is assisted by trained Program Assistants.
  • The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 1:10, and skaters progress at their own rate.
  • Coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities that create a fun environment and promote learning.
  • Parents do not accompany their children on the ice.



Why Sign Up for CanSkate?

CanSkate is Canada’s only national learn-to-skate program. It was developed by experts to teach the fundamentals of skating in a progressive and sequential manner.

When you/your child registers for a CanSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada, the national sport governing body for figure skating in Canada. Membership benefits in the CanSkate program can include:

  • badges
  • stickers
  • tattoos
  • coloring sheets
  • parent information sheets
  • progress updates and report cards
  • special CanSkate events and club functions
  • CanSkater of the Year award program
  • opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • opportunity to participate in a positive healthy lifestyle activity


Canadian Tire JumpStart Program

If you want to play, Canadian Tire can help! Their Individual Child Grants help families in financial need cover the costs of participating in sport and recreation. 

Learn More


KidSport Grant Program

The KidSport program provides grant funding, which is available for local families, and provides up to $250.00 in funding. 

Learn More


What Can I Expect During a CanSkate Session?

Your child’s CanSkate session will include:

  • Warm-up
  • Lesson time including new skill instruction, skill review and practice time
  • Group activities
  • Cool down

Report cards and earned badges are issued on the last day of the session. The six stage badges of the program are:

  • Stage 1 – Balance
  • Stage 2 – Glide Forward
  • Stage 3 – Glide Backward
  • Stage 4 – Edges
  • Stage 5 – Power
  • Stage 6 – Speed


Program Etiquette

  • Please have your child at the arena on time, dressed and ready to go on the ice at the scheduled session time
  • Please use the assigned dressing room. Signs are posted on the arena dressing room entries.
  • Please read the PreCan - CanSkate Parent Orientation letter.



Equipment Required

Your child is required to have skates, helmet, warm clothing and mittens. For CanSkate, hockey or figure skates are acceptable.



  • CSA approved hockey/skating helmets are MANDATORY
  • Fit should be snug


  • Clothing should provide warmth but not restrict movement
  • Layering of sweat suits, sweaters, ski jackets and long underwear or leotards is recommended. Bulky snowsuits can hinder movement
  • Warm mittens or gloves are a must (Please no fuzzy mittens as the fuzz gets stuck on the ice).


We recommend the following stores for purchasing skates, as the staff will help with the proper fitting of skates.

Professional Skate
9216-51 Ave 438-9059
United Cycle North Side
16972-111Ave 481-5532
United Cycle South Side
10323-78 Ave 433-1181


Staff at the above stores will help with the proper fitting of skates, but before purchasing skates check carefully for:

  • Proper fit
  • Firm ankle support
  • Correct blade placement





Canadian Tire JumpStart Program



Funding Details

  • It is recommended that applications be submitted prior to the program start date.
  • Funding is up to $300 per activity, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.
  • Children can be funded for successive seasons in an activity, up to a maximum of $300 per activity.
  • The annual maximum amount a child is eligible to receive is up to $600, subject to Chapter discretion and/or local demands.
  • All approvals will be determined by the local Jumpstart Chapter and designated Canadian Tire Jumpstart Regional Manager, and are subject to local demands and Chapter budgets.
  • Cheques are made payable to the service organization, identified as the “payee” in the application. A payee can be a local hockey association, gymnastics club, etc., that coordinates the sports or physical activity on behalf of the qualifying youth/child.



  • It is recommended that applications be submitted prior to the program start date. Applications submitted where the program has concluded will not be reviewed.
  • Applications must include proof of financial need. A clear, legible, and current copy of pages 1 and 2 of your Canada Child Benefit (Statement) will be required as proof of need.