Terms used:


The board of Directors of Skate Canada.


A championship that qualifies athletes toward and including, but not limited to, the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.


A not-for-profit organization that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs and is managed by a volunteer board of directors.


Total days including weekends and holidays.


The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Good Standing

A person who has paid all dues outstanding to Skate Canada, a Club, or a Skating School (as applicable) and who the Board has not declared not to be in good standing and in the case of Members, a Member whose Membership has not been terminated pursuant to Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].


The state of being a Member.


As defined in Section 8.1 hereof [of the bylaws].

Skating School

An organization other than a Club that is operating for the general purpose of providing Skate Canada skating programs.


The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.


A rotational movement in which the skater moves from forward to backward or backward to forward using one foot and on an edge and axis (e.g. Three-turn, Bracket). In a two-foot turn the rotational movement from forward to backward or backward to forward is from one foot to the other foot (e.g. Mohawk, Choctaw).

CanSkate is Skate Canada’s official “Learn to Skate” program.  It is highly regarded by other ice sport organizations as the favoured curriculum to develop the skills needed to participate in their sports. It is also an excellent program to teach Canadians to skate for the joy of skating at any age or ability.

Below you will find everything you need to deliver this program at your club or skating school.








CanSkate Manual

The CanSkate Manual contains all the information needed to deliver the CanSkate program at your club or skating school.  Topics include:

  • Planning and Preparation
  • On ice delivery, complete with lesson plans
  • Program assistant Training 
  • Standards of skills
  • Tips for music and teaching aids

Access the CanSkate Manual

Please note, this manual is undergoing a refresh. The refreshed version will be available in both printable and downloadable formats.

Program Assistant Training Tools

Access all Program Assistant Materials

CanSkate Skill Standard Videos

The CanSkate Skill Standards video playlist can be found on our YouTube Skating Development Video Library. The playlist include examples of every skill in the CanSkate program performed to the passing standard.

This playlist is an excellent resource for:

  • Coaches
  • Program assistants
  • Skaters
  • Parents

Access CanSkate Skill Standard videos

CanSkate Tutorials

The CanSkate Tutorial videos offer coaches and program assistants tips and strategies for quality skill development as well as program delivery.  This is a great tool for new ideas or refreshers.  Topics include:

  • Upper body movement
  • Walking crosscuts
  • 360 degree step turns
  • Teaching on a circuit
  • Tips for providing feedback and more

Access CanSkate Tutorial videos

Ask the Expert

This series of videos provides helpful clarifications and explores frequently asked questions.

Access Ask the Expert videos

CanSkate Modified Delivery Options

The delivery of the CanSkate or CanPowerSkate program can be modified to meet the needs of various participants.

Programs may also share ice with other programs when appropriate. Examples of shared ice modifications can be found here as well.

Access Modified Delivery Options PDF

CanSkate Element Event Package

The Learn to Skate stage of development identifies the optimal performance opportunities for CanSkate skaters is at the club or skating school

This event package identifies strategies and tools to be used for CanSkate performance days including:

  • Planning
  • Performance circuits
  • Strategies

Access CanSkate Element Event Materials

CanSkate Marketing Toolkit

This toolkit provides clubs and skating schools with official branding, pictures and slogans for the current season.  These items may be used in the following locations:

  • Websites, social media
  • Newsletters, bulletin boards, flyers, emails
  • Newspaper ads

Access CanSkate Marketing Toolkit

Canada Skates Featuring CanSkate

Canada Skates is a video series featuring a variety of topics related to the quality delivery of our programs. Canada Skates featuring CanSkate will give highlights, tips and strategies to coaches, program assistants and clubs or skating schools on how to maximize their program delivery. 

These videos may also be used to educate parents and skaters. Topics include:

  • Proper Equipment
  • Teaching on a Circuit
  • Stations
  • Assessments
  • Warm ups, and more

These videos may be shared through social media, websites or email.

Access Canada Skates Featuring CanSkate videos

CanSkate Tools & Supplies

The following items may be purchased or downloaded to assist in the delivery of the CanSkate program:

For purchase through our physical product store in the Membership Site (link below). Once accessed, select the CanSkate program from the drop-down menu.

eLearning for CanSkate

To further support the quality development of this program, visit our eLearning site to explore workshops, seminars and modules on CanSkate. Click on the course title below to go directly to that course. 

CanSkate Requirements and Delivery Standards

Listed below are the requirements and minimum delivery standards by which all Skate Canada clubs and skating schools must abide when offering the CanSkate program.The advanced delivery standards are optional.


  • A CSA approved hockey helmet required for all skaters up to and including Stage 5
  • A minimum of one Skate Canada NCCP CanSkate Coach, In-training or higher, on the ice at all times, who is registered and in good standing
  • All coaches teaching the CanSkate program must be wearing skates or in a sled (sledge hockey)
  • All program assistants (PAs) on the ice must be wearing skates and must be registered with Skate Canada
  • Operate and deliver the CanSkate program in accordance with the minimum delivery standards identified by Skate Canada

Maximum Number of Skaters Per Session

The number of skaters on a session must allow for the following:

  • Promote a safe environment
  • Ensure that all skaters have enough room to move freely around the ice and circuits
  • An organized flow of rotation
  • Proper coach/skater ratios

Ideally, sessions should not exceed 50-60 skaters.  Clubs or Skating Schools who wish to offer programs with more than 60 skaters must receive permission from their section.

Access Skate Canada Program Requirements and Delivery Standards PDF


  Minimum Delivery Standards Advanced Delivery Standards
Ratio Minimum 1:10 coach/PA to skater ratio 1:5 coach/PA to skater ratio including 1 coach for every 10 skaters
Movement Minimum 90% movement throughout the session

99% movement throughout the entire session. 

Note: skaters receiving individual attention do not affect movement percentage, if the rest of the group is moving.

Music Age-appropriate music for the entire session Music that is fun, energizing and contains signals to indicate session segment changes. (e.g., Fast track laps and station rotation)
Teaching Aids Use of teaching aids at each station including marker/skill signs and pylons.  Use of a variety of teaching aids that engages the skater's learning and interest. 
Station Identification Use of Station Identification signs at each station (Fun Zone must be included in one of the 3 stations) Use of official Skate Canada Station Identification Signs
Program Assistants

Use program assistants as required to meet minimum ratio.

All program assistants on the ice must be in skates or a sled (sledge hockey PA).

Assign a program assistant to each group for supervision and assistance. Use additional program assistants as required to offer an effective and efficient program.

Program Assistant Training Ensure program assistants are trained before assisting on the ice with a minimum of one training per season.                 Offer multiple training sessions throughout the season to engage, support and monitor development of the program assistants.

Session Format:

Warm up

Use of full ice or Fast Track.

Include forward and backward skating in both directions

All minimum standards plus:

  • inclusion of deep knee bends
  • evidence of increased heart rate in participants
  • choreographed movements matching the music

Session Format:

Lesson Time

A minimum of 30 mins lesson time. 

Rotation of three different learning or review stations. 

Use of circuits to teach and practice skills. 

A minimum 10 min. lesson to each group by a NCCP Skate Canada coach.

Inclusion of the Fun Zone at one of the stations. May be grouped with a learning station.

All minimum standards plus: 

  • Use of circuits designed to fill 1/3 of ice, maximizing ice coverage.
  • Each station has a designated coach that stays at that station to ensure all skaters who visit that station have the same quality instruction on the topic of the day. 
  • When two groups are sharing a station, inside and outside circuits are being used to maximize ice usage.
  • Fast track laps to be done between every lesson rotation for skaters Stage 2 and up. (Stage 1 skaters may go directly to the next station) 
  • Fun Zone included with a learning station in a creative and engaging way.

Session Format:


Group Activity

Use of full ice

Activities include skill enhancing development and speed development

All of the minimum standards plus:

  • use of music to match activity
  • evidence of "challenge" skills
  • use of continuous lanes or similar format

Session Format:

Cool Down

Use of full ice 

Evidence of moving stretches to increase range of motion and lower heart rate

All minimum standards plus:

  • use of slower music to support lowered heart rate
  • use of continuous lanes or similar pattern

Quality Coaching

Coach ensures that each skater in the lesson receives one on one attention on the circuit during the lesson time.  

All minimum standards plus, within the lesson and circuit without stopping the entire group, the coach gives each skater:

  • individual feedback
  • individual corrections
  • individual challenges based on their level of development

Branding & Marketing


Must advertise and refer to the program as CanSkate and use the official CanSkate logo. 

Use the official Skate Canada CanSkate Report Card (min one per season)

All minimum standards plus use of Skate Canada CanSkate promotional tools, including marketing toolkit items.

Parent Information Sessions

Offer a minimum of one parent information session.

Offer a written source of information about the program and other club opportunities (info letter, website, bulletin board, etc)

Offer multiple opportunities for parents to connect with CanSkate Coordinators and/or coaches. This could include but is not limited to:

  • In-person information sessions
  • In-person progress update opportunities
  • In-person "next steps" touch base to guide skaters into next program (CPS, Figure Skating, etc)

Offer several written sources of information about the program and other club opportunities (info letter, website, bulletin board, etc)


Use official Skate Canada Ribbons and Badges for Stages 1-6, in Balance, Agility and Control

Ensure all rewards are given to skaters within one week of achieving

Maintain records of the skater's progress

All minimum standards plus:

  • Award all ribbons and badges on the same day of achievement 
  • Track and maintain records of skater's progress digitally

Off-ice classes


Offer off-ice class to CanSkate participants to increase physical literacy and help prepare the body for the on-ice demands.