INSPIRING ALL CANADIANS TO EMBRACE
THE JOY OF SKATING
SKATE CANADA WILL BE A LEADER IN THE DELIVERY OF SKATING PROGRAMS AND HAVE A CONTINUING LEGACY OF CHAMPIONS
BEING ACTIVE FOR LIFE, BUILDING LIFE SKILLS, ENGAGING COMMUNITY, FOSTERING CREATIVITY, PURSUING EXCELLENCE
A not-for-profit organization, Skate Canada is the oldest and largest figure skating organization in the world and is recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada.
However, we go far beyond figure skating.
As the largest learn-to-skate teaching organization in Canada, we are dedicated to creating a nation of skaters both recreationally and competitively.
- is designated by the ISU as the official sanctioning body of figure skating in Canada and oversees the rules and standards of the sport at the development, national and international levels of competition within Canada.
- is the largest skating instruction organization in Canada. Each year, our learn-to-skate and skill-development programs help more than 130,000 skaters hone their on-ice skills. Those skills can be applied to figure, hockey, ringette or speed skating, or to enjoy gliding on a frozen pond.
- is comprised of 10 regional sections that are made up of over 1,100 skating clubs and schools.
- Skate Canada has over 5,800 member coaches who are NCCP qualified and actively coaching all levels of long term athlete development. Owns and produces top-level skating competitions including: Skate Canada International, Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, Skate Canada Challenge, Autumn Classic International and Skate Canada Adult Championships.
- provides performance and financial support to Canada’s Junior and Senior National Figure Skating Team athletes.
- has a registered membership of over 180,000.
- is supported by over 10,000 volunteers across our clubs and sections.
- qualifies and appoints judges, referees and other officials in the sport of figure skating.
- has two Skating and Performance Centres (Toronto, Montreal) that focus on:
- Training and instruction for skaters and coaches.
- Coach business and management development.
The Amateur Skating Association of Canada was formed in 1887 and by 1914 a separate organization for figure skating had been established. This was known as the Figure Skating Department of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada and the initial members were Ottawa’s Minto Club and the Earl Grey Club in Montreal. The first official annual figure skating championships of Canada were held in the same year under the new organization.
Louis Rubenstein was the first president, a position he held until 1930. The department became known as the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) in 1939 and in 1947 the CFSA joined the International Skating Union and dropped its membership in the Amateur Skating Association of Canada. In 1947 the CFSA national office was set up in Ottawa by Charles H. Cumming, the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer. The office was run on a volunteer basis until 1958 when Cumming became the first full-time employee of the CFSA.
In 2000 the organization changed its name to Skate Canada.
Skate Canada is a proud supporter of True Sport!
True Sport is a Canadian organization that is working to ensure a positive, meaningful and enriching experience for all who participate in sport. Skate Canada has always striven to create a positive sport environment for its members built on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun. Skate Canada is proud to support the True Sport movement and the principles of True Sport:
- Go for it
- Keep it Fun
- Play Fair
- Stay Healthy
- Respect Others
- Give Back
For more information on True Sport and to become a supporter of the True Sport movement, visit www.truesportpur.ca.