Podium Pipeline

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 Sport Institutes (CSI) across the country are 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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The CSI network works in partnership with Sport Canada, local provincial governments, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Foundation, Coaching Association of Canada and Own the Podium. The CSI team of sport scientists and medical experts 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 the CSI is funded through programs provided by the National Sporting Federations and Own the Podium. The Canadian Olympic Foundation wants to help our next generation athletes have access to these same programs and services; allowing them the benefit of learning from the elite so they, in turn, can become our next Olympians.


The Canadian Olympic Foundation is investing in future Olympians with a four year agreement with the Canada Games Council. This new financial partnership will provide 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, 2015 and 2017, which will go toward assisting 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; proof that investing in the Canada Games will provide solid return.


Established in 2010, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is the ideal platform for our next generation of athletes to gain the at-Games experience of competing on the World Stage. The intensity, visibility and strength of competition is similar to those at the Olympic Games, making this opportunity a crucial part of their training and development.  Sending Canada’s finest young athletes to the YOG, and making sure they perform well, is an important step in ensuring sustainable podium success in future Olympic Games.

The Canadian Olympic Foundation is proud to invest in the next generation Olympians by supporting the Youth Olympic Games.

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