The Next Generation

We believe in the next generation of Olympic athletes.

For many talented young athletes, the financial barriers to access sport at the high performance level are immense.  A competitive athlete with potential to move up in the sport system will face a range of costs in order to make the leap, including training and equipment fees, higher level coaching and international competition travel expenses.  By funding the ‘podium pipeline’ we give athletes access to the programs they need to become the best of the best.

The Canadian Olympic Foundation is proud to fund future Olympians through the following programs:


The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network (COPSIN) is designed to enhance the daily training environment of Canada’s high performance athletes and coaches. The network of institutes has grown to seven locations across Canada including: Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Toronto, Montreal, and Atlantic Canada.

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COPSIN works in partnership with Sport Canada, local provincial governments, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Foundation, Coaching Association of Canada and Own the Podium. The team of sport scientists and medical experts that call these facilities home provide programs and services to athletes and coaches to ensure they have every advantage to win medals for Canada.

For our Olympic athletes, access to COPSIN funded through programs provided by the National Sport Federations (NSF) and Own the Podium.

The Canadian Olympic Foundation helps our next generation athletes have access to these same programs and services; allowing them to access the best sport science and medicine, coaches, and other high-performance resources so that they, in turn, can become our next Olympians.


The Canadian Olympic Foundation is investing in future Olympians with a two year agreement with the Canada Games Council. This financial partnership provides sponsorship for the Games that help develop future Olympians ascending Canada’s sport system. The investment is part of the COF’s strategy to ensure Canada’s high performance athletes are supported, encouraged and enriched at all stages of their careers. The COF has committed to supporting the Canada Games in 2013 and 2015, which went towards athletes and coaches competing at one of the premier sporting competitions in all of Canada.


At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Canada Games alumni made up 44 per cent of the Canadian Olympic team and won 61 per cent of the total medals won by Canada; at Sochi 2014, Canada Games alumni made up 38% of Team Canada and won 48% of Canadian medals. These statistics are proof that investing in the Canada Games will provide solid return on performance.

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History will be made in 2016 when Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, marking the first time that a South American country will welcome the world to an Olympic Games. It is also just the third time that the Games will be held in the southern hemisphere, following Melbourne 1956 and Sydney 2000.


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