CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun, participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity.

Who’s it for?

For beginners of all ages, children or adults, as well as for those wishing to improve their basic skills whether their focus be for figure skating, hockey, speed skating, ringette or just skating for fun.

Who teaches it?

NCCP-trained professional coaches, assisted by trained program assistants.

What will you learn?

A complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster.

What can you expect?

Action, movement and fun! Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10. Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation.

There are six ‘stage’ badges to complete in the CanSkate program. Each stage incorporates skills focusing on the fundamental movements of Agility, Balance and Control, the A B Cs of skating. 

Parent & Tots: (2-5 years old)

This program is designed for skaters aged 2- 5 years old who require assistance and who are not yet independent enough to skate with out a Parent or Family member (16 years of age minimum). This program strives to help young skaters become comfortable on the ice, and learn through play during a 30 minute lesson. The same “parent” must assist and cannot change between parent/ guardian unless the additional parent or guardian pays the $50 fee and registers with Skate Canada. The “Parent” must either wear a hockey helmet or must be able to skate at a CanSkate Stage 5 level which includes forwards and backwards with ease, stopping, forwards and backwards crosscuts and transfer from inside/ outside edges on one foot.  All skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet, and for this level the helmet must also include the face cage as well.  Skaters must also wear a warm jacket, snow pants, water proof mittens or gloves and hockey or figure skates.

Preschool Penguins:  (3- 5 years old)

This program is for 3- 5 year olds who can attend without their family member on the ice.  During the 30 minute lesson, skaters will work on Pre-CanSkate skills to earn their Pre-CanSkate ribbon before moving on to Stage 1 of CanSkate. Pre-CanSkate includes learning how to fall down and get up, balance on two feet, move forward, make snow, two-foot twist, 360 degree march, two-foot jump. All skaters are required to wear a CSA approved hockey helmet, and for this level the helmet must also include a face cage.  Skaters must also wear a warm jacket, snow pants, water proof mittens or gloves and hockey or figure skates.

Power, Stride & Glide

 Power, Stride & Glide is a high energy Hockey Skating Skills program geared for hockey and ringette players, teaches the fundamentals of power skating in a progressive and sequential manner for Hockey 1 and up.

Skaters aged 8 years & under will be placed in the Level 1-3 group, and will be bumped up to higher level when skills have been mastered. Skaters aged 9 years & up will be placed in the Level 4-6 group.

All Programs are taught by Nationally Certified Skate Canada Professional Coaches.

Junior Academy

Junior Academy is an entry-level program that teaches introductory figure skating skills to young children who show potential to excel in competitive figure skating. This program fast-tracks young CanSkaters into our Figure Skating program. The Junior Academy Program is designed to be a bridge between the CanSkate program, the Skate Canada STARSkate program.


STARSkate offers opportunities for skaters of all ages to develop fundamental figure skating skills in the areas of ice dance,  skills, free skate and artistic 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.Assessments through a nationally standardized assessment system.

All skaters in this program must have passed CanSkate Stage 6 or equivalent. Skaters may be any age. Adaptive skaters who have the required skating ability welcome.

The STAR 1-5 program offers the best-in-class figure skating curriculum in Canada, targeting athletes looking for a future in the sport. Taught by Skate Canada NCCP coaches, the program introduces participants to the basic figure skating elements to create the foundation for singles, pairs, ice dance and synchronized skating.

STAR 6- Gold is an assessment and event structure for skaters who completed the STAR 1-5 Program. This structure builds on the skills acquired in STAR 1-5 and introduces skaters to more advanced figure skating elements.

Synchro- Synchronized Skating

Synchronized Skating (or “synchro” as is it called) is a fast-growing discipline of figure skating that combines the athleticism and artistry of singles, pairs and ice dancing.

The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.

Skaters must be at at minimum of CanSkate Stage 4 level or equivalent. (Skate forward, backwards and stop, drag, spiral, two-foot quick turn and forward crosscuts.)