SKATE CANADA ATHLETE FUND
The Skate Canada Athlete Fund supports the development of high performance skaters by providing direct financial assistance to national level and competitive athletes in singles, pair, ice dance and synchronized skating teams.
In order to receive Skate Canada financial support, skaters must comply with the following conditions:
- be a current Skate Canada member
- maintain a continuous training program and competitive involvement at a high performance level
High Performance Grant
The High Performance Grant is awarded to athletes placing first through fifth in Novice, Junior and Senior events at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The grant is contingent on the skater continuing to train and compete for the upcoming season, and it is meant to assist with training expenses.
High Performance Grant – Each Athlete in singles, pair and ice dance
Current athletes receiving funding from the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program are ineligible to receive the High Performance Grant. If awarded in different disciplines, the skater will receive both, or for the discipline which they are not receiving any Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program funding.
Athletes will be contacted by the High Performance Department, and the grant will be issued directly to athletes in the August/September following the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Bryan and Baldwin International Competition Grant
This grant is named in recognition of a major bequest received in 1991 from the estate of William John Bryan and C. Janet Baldwin who were both involved with the Toronto Skating Club in the 1950’s.
Senior and Junior (Singles, Pair and Ice Dance)
The Skate Canada High Performance Development Committee nominates Canadian skaters to international assignments. To support these entries, the Skate Canada Athlete Fund will provide a Bryan and Baldwin grant for each ISU Challenger Series, ISU Senior International, ISU Junior Grand Prix (excluding JGP Final), ISU Senior Grand Prix (excluding GP Final), ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, ISU Four Continents Championships and ISU World Figure Skating Championships events. Grants will be awarded for ISU Junior International competitions taking place between July 1 and December 31 of each year. The grant will assist athletes with travel costs to these competitions and will be sent directly to the skater. The grant is based on the below tiered system and corresponds with the skater’s/team results.
Podium finish – $2,000
Top two warm-up groups (Singles – 4th-12th; Pairs – 4th-8th; Ice Dance – 4th-10th) $1,000
Qualify to the free program – $500
Senior Grand Prix and International
Podium finish – $2,000
Top half of field $1,000
Bottom half of field $500
Junior Grand Prix
Podium finish – $1,500
Top group (Singles – 4th-6th; Pairs – 4th; Ice Dance – 4th-5th) – $1,000
Second group (Singles – 7th-12th; Pairs – 5th-8th; Ice Dance – 6th-10th) – $500
Podium finish – $1,000
Top group (Singles – 4th-6th; Pairs – 4th; Ice Dance – 4th-5th) – $500
NB: Senior/Junior pair and ice dance will split the monetary grant amount
Senior and Junior Synchronized Skating Teams
The Skate Canada High Performance Development Committee nominates Canadian synchronized skating teams to international assignments. To support these team entries, the Skate Canada Athlete Fund will provide a Bryan and Baldwin grant for each ISU Competition (excluding ISU World and World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships). The grant in the amount of $4000 will assist teams with travel costs to these competitions, and will be sent directly to the team at the end of the skating season.
Johnny Esaw International Competition Grant
The proceeds from a 1990 Gala to honor long-time CTV broadcaster Johnny Esaw were used to establish a grant in his name. The Johnny Esaw Grant will be used to support the development of junior skaters who were assigned to an ISU Junior Grand Prix event or to the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. A grant of $500 will be issued directly to the skater upon return from their international event.
Junior World Grant
In recognition of the accomplishments of the Skate Canada ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships team, Skate Canada will award skaters $1000 for top three finishes in each discipline at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Stewart G. Esdaile Trust Fund Grant
This Trust grant was established in memory of Stewart G. Esdaile, who was a prominent member of the Ottawa/Gatineau figure skating community. His untimely loss in a plane crash in 1983 resulted in a trust fund being established by the 1984 World Figure Skating Championships Organizing Committee (Ottawa). In 1995, Trustees of the Athlete Trust became responsible for the administration of the Stewart G. Esdaile Trust Fund.
Each year, the Skate Canada Athlete Fund will award grants to skaters who competed in the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice and junior, and who represent and are members of one of the following Ottawa-Gatineau Figure Skating clubs (or their successors): Almonte, Arnprior, Asticou, Carleton Place, Gatineau Valley SC, Patinage Gatineau, Gloucester, Hull, March-Kanata, Metcalfe, Minto, Nepean, Rideau and Rockland.
The total amount awarded annually shall be an amount equal to the annual interest earned on the capital in this Fund, subject to such adjustments as is necessary to preserve the capital. This amount will be equally divided among all skaters who meet the above qualifications, to a maximum amount of $2,000 per single skater and $3,000 per pair or ice dance team. This grant will be sent directly to the recipients on or approximately at August 1 of each year.
Paul Giesinger Trust Fund Grant
This grant is a result from the generous donation of the estate of Paul Giesinger. The award of $1000 is to be granted annually to the novice women’s and men’s champion at the Canadian Tire National Skating championships. This grant will be sent directly to the recipients on or approximately at August 1 of each year.
Federal Government of Canada – SPORT CANADA Athlete Assistance Program
Each year, Skate Canada applies to Sport Canada (Federal Government of Canada) for athlete support through the Athlete Assistance Program. The selection criterion is established on a year to year basis and is published at least six months in advance of the Skate Canada carding cycle which begins July 1 of each year. The current 2020-2021 Skate Canada carding criteria can be viewed here.
If carded, the financial support for each carding level is as follows:
Senior card $21,180 per year
Development card $12,720 per year
Athlete Assistance Program funds are provided directly by Sport Canada to the carded athlete in installments every two months. In addition to direct financial assistance, carded athletes are also eligible for full tuition support at recognized post-secondary institutions. The Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program information can be viewed here.
Depending on the international event, athletes who medal at the following ISU events will receive podium prize money:
Junior Grand Prix events
Grand Prix events
Junior Grand Prix Final and Grand Prix Final
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
World Junior Figure Skating Championships
World Figure Skating Championships
World Team Trophy
For more information about podium prize money, please visit the International Skating Union website.