The CanSkate Program is Skate Canada’s learn to skate program and is a progression program divided into six stages with an optional seventh stage as a stepping stone from the CanSkate program to the Skate Canada Figure Skating Program. Skate Canada’s website has an excellent page describing the program including a video of an example session. It can be found here.

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Exciting news – CanSkate even better!

Skate Canada has developed a new CanSkate program based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for coaches and most importantly a tested and proven new curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. But there’s more! The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating. The result is a dynamic new program that prepares all skaters for virtually every ice sport.

Skate Canada is also proud to have all its programs taught by professional coaches who are specially trained and certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

The Capital City Skating Club is excited as they prepare to welcome and serve learn-to-skate clientele from every walk of life, age and every interest level.

What is CanSkate?

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 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.

What do you need to participate?

All you need are skates, a CSA-approved hockey helmet, long pants, mittens, warm sweater or jacket. Dress in layers – it will get warm!


  • A complete series of balance, control and agility skills that will prepare skaters for any ice skating sport or recreational skating.
  • Nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success.
  • Designed for 90% movement so skaters learn in an active and fun group setting.


  • Nationally certified coaches trained specifically in teaching the mechanics and proper technique of skating.
  • Coaches are assisted by trained program assistants.
  • Ensures a 1:10 coach/program assistant to skater ratio or lower.


  • Provides kids with the best foundation for figure skating, hockey, speed skating and ringette.
  • Introduces a healthy, lifelong activity at an early age.
  • Promotes fun, fitness and participation.

THE BEST RESULTS CanSkate Graduates

  • Some of the best skaters in the world learned to skate with CanSkate including Olympic figure skaters, Olympic speed skaters, men’s and women’s Olympic hockey players and NHL players.
  • Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic and World ice dance champions.
  • Patrick Chan, Olympic medalist and World men’s figure skating champion.
  • Ivanie Blondin, Olympic and World long track speed skater.
  • Matt Duchene, NHL Colorado Avalanche and Olympic hockey team gold medallist.
  • Jeff Skinner, NHL Carolina Hurricanes, NHL Rookie of the Year and former Canadian juvenile men’s figure skating medallist.

Badges or Ribbons are awarded to the skaters as they complete each stage and each fundamental movement. Skaters can usually complete the CanSkate program in two to three years.

Pre-Canskate is for beginners.

Canskate is the learn-to-skate program for skaters who have skated before.

Adult learn-to-skate skaters from beginner up can also join the Adult Canskate group.

The Canskate program usually starts around the middle of October and continues through until the end of March. We have registration in September and again in January if space permits.

The CanSkate program is taught by Professional Coaches with the help of Program Assistants who are members of our Skate Canada program. Program Assistants have training provided by the Professional Coaches prior to assisting with the CanSkate Program.

The CanSkate skaters are evaluated at each session by one of the Professional Coaches and when they master all the skills required at each stage, they are moved to the next level.

After CanSkate, a skater can move into the Pre-Junior or Junior program.



If your child is keen about learning to figure skate you can learn more about the figure skating programs and the transition to figure skating from Canskate from the CCSC Skating handbook