CanPowerSkate is an action-packed, high energy instructional power skating program geared to hockey and ringette skaters that focuses on balance, power, agility, speed and endurance. Skills, techniques and conditioning drills are taught in a progressive format that emphasizes how the skills apply to game situations. CanPowerSkate provides an alternative to figure skating and is an excellent complement for those athletes playing on hockey or ringette teams. Its unique skill award program provides incentives and motivation for skaters to continue to achieve.

CanPowerSkate is geared to skaters aged approximately six or older who already have basic forward and backward skating skills (they must be able to skate the length of the rink using alternate strides) and are able to stop on command without use of the boards. For safety reasons participants should wear full hockey/ringette equipment that is CSA approved. The coach to skater ratio is 1:10.

CanPowerSkate’s Pre-Power is designed for young skaters, approximately four to six years of age who can stand up on skates and move forward (shuffle, walk or glide) who may not be ready for CanPowerSkate Level 1. Pre-Power helps develop basic skating abilities in a power skating-specific environment, including balance skills, forward and backward skating, stopping, turning and agility skills. The curriculum is presented in three progressive levels complete with its own awards to encourage participation and motivate skaters. Pre-Power has been designed to run concurrently with CanSkate sessions.


Skills, Tests, Achievement, Recognition – this is what STARSkate is all about!

STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance, skating skills, free skate and interpretive skating. Unique in Canada, this program teaches figure skating skills in a group and/or private lesson format in a progressive and sequential manner and includes specifically designed awards and incentives. Skaters have the opportunity to take Skate Canada Tests through a nationally standardized testing system. Skaters who have mastered figure skating skills in STARSkate may also choose to pursue synchronized skating or pairs skating.


STARSkate has been the mainstay of figure skating in Canada for more than four decades.

When you/your child registers for a STARSkate program at your local Skate Canada club, you also become a member of Skate Canada and will have access to:

  • opportunities to be recognized through a nationally standardized testing system for achieving specific figure skating skills
  • complimentary Gold Test pins
  • invitational and interclub competitions, including the STARSkate championship stream
  • specifically designed awards and incentives such as badges, tattoos and stickers
  • STARSkate Skater of the Year awards program
  • Progress updates and report cards
  • Special STARSkate events and club functions
  • Opportunity to be talent-scouted
  • Opportunity for personal growth and the development of important life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, confidence, time management, healthy lifestyle and coping strategies to deal with success and failure.

These are some of the awards and incentives that have been developed to encourage athletes in the STARSkate Program.

Skate Canada Announces 2019-2020 National Team

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 National Team. The team is consisted of 27 members, which includes six men, three women, four pair teams and five ice dance teams.

To be named to the National Team, a skater must finish in the top three in senior men, women, pair and ice dance disciplines at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and/or be assigned to a 2019 ISU Grand Prix event and must be competing in the 2019-2020 season. Athletes can be added at the discretion of Skate Canada based on new partnerships of current and former national team members.

Their appointment to the national team is effective from July 1, 2019 through to June 30, 2020.

Skate Canada also announced the three teams that will make up the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating National Team. The Synchronized National Team comprises those teams finishing in the top three in senior discipline at the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships.

Nam Nguyen, 21, Ajax, Ont.
Stephen Gogolev, 14, Toronto, Ont.
Keegan Messing, 27, Sherwood Park, Alta.
Nicolas Nadeau, 21, Boisbriand, Que.
Roman Sadosvsky, 20, Vaughn, Ont.
Conrad Orzel, 18, Toronto, Ont.

Gabrielle Daleman, 21, Newmarket, Ont.
Aurora Cotop, 16, Thornhill, Ont.
Véronik Mallet, 25, Sept-Îles, Que.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 27, St. Catharines, Ont. & Michael Marinaro, 27, Sarnia, Ont.
Evelyn Walsh, 17, London, Ont. & Trennt Michaud, 22, Trenton, Ont.
Camille Ruest, 25, Rimouski, Que. & Andrew Wolfe, 24, Calgary, Alta.
Lubov Ilyushechkina, 27, Toronto, Ont. & Charlie Bilodeau, 25, Trois-Pistoles, Que.

Piper Gilles, 27, Toronto, Ont. & Paul Poirier, 27, Unionville, Ont.
Laurence Fournier Beaudry, 26, Montreal, Que. & Nikolaj Sorensen, 30, Montreal, Que.
Carolane Soucisse, 24, Chateauguay, Que. & Shane Firus, 25, North Vancouver, B.C.
Marjorie Lajoie, 18, Boucherville, Que. & Zachary Lagha, 20, St-Hubert, Que.
Haley Sales, 22, Kelowna, BC., & Nikolas Wamsteeker, 22, Langley, B.C.

Nova , of CPS NOVA
NEXXICE , of the Burlington Skating Centre
Les Suprêmes , of CPA Saint- Léonard

Alaine Chartrand to sit out the 2019-2020 Grand Prix and Challenger Series Events

OTTAWA, ON: Two-time Canadian Champion Alaine Chartrand, 23, Prescott, Ont., will not compete on the 2019-2020 Grand Prix and Challenger series events.

Chartrand has relocated to Vancouver, B.C., where she will coach at the Burnaby Skating Club and the Sunset Skating Club this summer. In the fall she will continue her studies in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. Chartrand started her post secondary career last year at York University.

In 2019, Chartrand won her second Canadian title, she previously won in 2016. She is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski.