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The board of Directors of Skate Canada.


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. 


Defined as a loss of control by a skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice being supported by any other part of the body other than the blades. e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm.


A unit of music which is defined by the periodic recurrence of the accent. Such units are of equal number of beats.


Each entity that meets the requirements of any of the three Member classes as defined in Article 3 hereof [of the bylaws].



Includes (i) an individual who is registered by a Club or Skating School with Skate Canada and who is subject to all applicable rules, regulations and policies of Skate Canada but who is not a Member; and (ii) an individual who is engaged in any activity provided, sponsored, supported, sanctioned or recognized by Skate Canada and registered directly with Skate Canada but who is not a Member.


A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

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.

Helmet Use - Information for Clubs, Coaches and Parents

Helmet Use Policy

On July 1, 2011 Skate Canada implemented a Helmet Use policy. This policy was implemented as a proactive safety measure to help protect members in the early stages of the CanSkate program that are learning how to skate. Skate Canada believes it is an appropriate time to implement such a policy to help prevent future injuries to its members that are learning how to skate. In the development of the policy Skate Canada consulted various groups of individuals including parents, and the policy was approved by the Skate Canada Board of Directors earlier in 2011.

Skate Canada is proud of its CanSkate program, the best learn-to-skate program in Canada, and we will continue to develop policies and programming that create a better and safer learn-to-skate experience for our skaters. If you would like more information on helmet use and injury prevention we recommend you visit Think First.

Coaches, clubs or skating school should not dictate that a skater should not wear a helmet.  

How should the hockey helmet fit?

Why only hockey helmets?

Are face masks required as well?

Are used hockey helmets acceptable?

Can a parent sign a waiver absolving the club from any liability and allow their child to participate without a helmet?

Why has up to and including Stage 5 been selected as the benchmark for helmet use?

This is an additional cost for parents. Does Skate Canada provide any incentives or fee reductions for CanSkate members having to purchase a helmet?

I am a coach. What do I do if there is a skater on the ice that should be wearing a helmet, but is not?

What other tips could you provide regarding prevention of falls and head injury?

There are several ways to avoid head injury, in addition to wearing a helmet. The following are some basic guidelines:

My club is planning to host a Bring a Friend Day and there will be participants on the ice whose skating skill level may not be known prior to the session beginning. What should our club do?

How can I identify a hockey helmet that is CSA approved? Where will the logo appear on the hockey helmet?

Incident Reporting

Incident Report Form

When should an incident report be completed?

It is at the discretion of the individual responsible at the time of the incident whether or not an incident report should be filled out. From a safe sport perspective it is better to over report than under report especially if insurance claims can stem from the incidents.

Please keep in mind anytime a skater falls and bumps their head, an incident report must be completed in case they may suffer from a concussion.  An incident report must also be completed if a skater sustains any other injury. This information is useful and required when dealing with insurance claims stemming from the incident.

Skate Canada strongly encourages you to also report any incident that might help us improve the overall safety in the organization.  

What is the purpose and benefits of an incident report?

What is involved in using this tool?

Once the online incident report form is completed and submitted – (by a club board member, skating school administrator or coach), an email confirmation (including a copy of the incident report form) is automatically sent to the person that submitted the form for the clubs records.

How you can help us promote this tool?

Should you witness an incident/accident at your local club, please make certain that the Skate Canada’s Online Incident Report Forms is completed and submitted to us within 30 days of the incident.

Share and promote the use of the Online Incident Report with your affiliated clubs and fellow coaches.

Respect In Sport - Activity Leader Training

This training is being offered at no cost to Skate Canada coaches, officials, team leaders, club board members and club/skating school administrators only.

Note: The estimated time to complete this program is 3 hours which can be completed at your own pace and convenience.

Program Access Instructions:

General Information:


To start the training today click the following link:


Respect Resource Line -Available 365 days per year

Provides bilingual response to calls or emails 365 days a year by expert staff who will guide you to the necessary resources pertaining to;  

The nation-wide, toll-free, Respect Resource Line will be made available to all Coaches and Activity Leaders who have been trained in the Respect in Sport Activity Leader program


Individuals who access the Respect Resource Line are not required to disclose their identities.  In the event you are faced with a situation involving maltreatment and are unsure how to proceed, the Respect Resource Line is available 365 days per year to assist. This line is not for technical support, but offers a connection to resources to help deal with your situation.

TOLL FREE: 1-888-329-4009

TEXT:  1-306-717-9636

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Safe Sport Fee

Skate Canada places great importance on creating a fun and safe environment for our skating family, especially children and youth. We create this atmosphere as a reflection of our safety culture that extends throughout the organization. Our goal is to position ourselves as the Safe Sport leader in Canada and the world.  

Skate Canada has always strived to create a positive sport environment built on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun. We are proud to support the True Sport movement and its principles including: Go For It; Keep It Fun; Play Fair; Stay Healthy; Respect Others; and Give Back.

Sport can also be a high-risk environment for misconduct, including bullying and harassment, physical and sexual abuse and mental and physical injury. Our sections, clubs, skating schools, coaches, registrants, parents and all other stakeholders expect best-in-class safety programs that will address the full spectrum of issues. The complete Safe Sport framework we have developed does this.   Implementation will begin in the 2016-2017 registration season with the framework and specific initiatives for this season available to all via the Info Centre by August 1, 2016. (Insert link to Safe Sport Framework) 

For us to follow best-in-class standards and ensure sustainability of the Safe Sport initiative, a fee of $3 per registrant, which includes skaters, , coaches, club/school board members, officials and on-ice volunteers, will be implemented for the 2016-2017 registration season.  This fee is to be collected by clubs and skating schools in conjunction with the $32 registrant fee and the $0.65 accident insurance benefit. Payment of this fee by clubs and skating schools will be collected by Skate Canada in the normal course.

This is a critical step in the development of the Safe Sport program and Skate Canada’s dedication to providing a safe and fun environment.  Additionally, we will be in a position to provide increased resources and support to clubs, schools, coaches and sections. All fees collected will be used exclusively to support this initiative.  A framework progress report will be provided to all stakeholders periodically.

For questions on the Safe Sport Program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.