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CANSKATE is Skate Canada’s flagship learn to skate program, designed for beginners of all ages. CanSkate has a fresh new look and technical revisions include a renewed focus on teaching and mastering strong basic skills earlier to prepare skaters for all ice sports – hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating.

On-ice delivery focusing on continuous movement emphasizes the use of newer and more dynamic group teaching concepts including the Fast Track, Fun Zone and station rotation all of which has been proven to increase practice opportunities and improve the rate of skill acquisition among skaters. More visual aids and music are used to create a fun, stimulating and welcoming environment.

The new look also includes new report cards and an exciting new series of award ribbons to achieve, in addition to the Stage 1 to 6 badges. 

Click here for sample CanSkate Progress Report

Groups are led by a NCCP certified professional coach. Professional coaches are assisted by trained Program Assistants. The coach to student ratio is a maximum of 10:1. Skaters progress through the levels at their own rate.

Please make the coaching staff aware of your skater’s needs. Whether your skater wishes to develop skills for another sport or continue in the StarSkate program, our trained professional staff (NCCP certified) are qualified to help your skater reach his/her goals.


Review this video to learn more about Skate Canada's CanSkate Program



The Pre-CanSkate program is a positive first learn to skate experience. It is a program for 3 to 5 year olds emphasizing participation and FUN.

Sessions are divided into 2 sessions Fall and Winter.


  • Fall sessions run from October to December; Winter session runs from January to March
  • Sessions are offered Wednesday and Friday evenings
  • Fall sessions run from October to December; Winter session runs from January to March
  • Sessions are offered Tuesday evenings 

CanSkate (Levels 1 to 5)

The CanSkate program is a learn to skate program teaching the basics of skating with participation at the skaters own level of interest. It is based on small number group instruction for skaters working on Stages 1-5. It is a program for skaters who complete Pre-CanSkate or are at least 5 year old

CanSkate session is offered for the entire season


  • Seasons run from October to March
  • Sessions are offered Wednesday and Friday evenings
  • Season run from October to March
  • Sessions are offered Tuesday evenings

Why Sign up for CanSkate?

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, 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!