Selection Criteria and Qualifying System
Skate Canada Sectionals
Sectional events are held for juvenile, pre-novice, novice, junior and senior competitors. For pre-novice, novice, junior and senior competitors, these are the qualifying competitions for Skate Canada Challenge. Sectional competitions are held annually in each of the 13 Sections (Ontario is divided into four sections).
Juvenile competitors at the Skate Canada Sectionals do not progress any further.
The top four placements (top eight in Quebec) in pre-novice, novice junior and senior advance to the Skate Canada Challenge.
Skate Canada Challenge
This competition qualifies athletes for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. In novice, junior and senior events a maximum of 18 men, 18 women, 12 pairs and 15 ice dance teams.
Pre-novice competitors do not progress to the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and the winners will be declared the Pre-Novice Champion of Canada.
Byes may be granted through sectional or challenge level of competition. The granting of a bye permits a skater to pass to the next level of competition without competing at a prerequisite level. Byes are classified as: (1) Automatic when granted to all skaters or teams in a given situation (e.g. the competitors who placed first, second and third nationally in senior the previous year), (2) Individual when granted to a particular skater for medical or international assignment reasons.
For example, if there are two senior women byes awarded then a maximum of 16 women only could qualify at the Skate Canada Challenge for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, where a total field of 18 women would be entered.
Canadian Figure Skating Championships
The top five finishers at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the senior singles, pair and ice dance disciplines are eligible for nomination to the National Team.
At the conclusion of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, the teams that will represent Canada at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships are selected and announced.
Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
National Synchronized Skating Teams
The top three senior teams chosen at the conclusion of the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships make up the National Synchronized Skating Team.