Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is a sport funding program that contributes to the pursuit of excellence. AAP support seeks to relieve some of the financial pressures associated with preparing for and participating in international sport and assists high-performance Canadian athletes to combine their sport and academic or working careers while training intensively in pursuit of world-class performances.

More Information on Sport Canada’s Athlete Assistance Program

Additional Funding


Sport Canada provides tuition support to athletes able to attend school and meet high-performance training and competition requirements. Tuition support comes in two forms; Tuition for eligible athletes that are carded, and deferred tuition support for athletes who are not longer cared.  National Coaching Certification Program courses taken at a National Coaching Institute or through another accepted venue are also approved for tuition support.

Deferred tuition support was put in place to assist athletes who are unable to attend post-secondary school because of their sport involvement and are therefore unable to obtain a post-secondary education. This AAP option provides tuition credits to carded athletes for each year they are carded and allows them to use these credits when they have retired from sport or are no longer carded.

For more information, please see Section 8, 8.3 Tuition Support from the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program Policies and Procedure.




Certain special needs have been recognized by Sport Canada as deserving of financial support under the AAP. Eligible special needs are child-care expenses, relocation assistance and retirement assistance.

For more information, please see Section 8, 8.4 Special Needs Assistance from the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program Policies and Procedure.



Athletes achieving a Top 3 placing (medal must be awarded) at the most recent Olympic/Paralympic games or World Championships in an Olympic/Paralympic event on the program of the upcoming Olympics/Paralympics may be eligible for additional living and training allowances.

For more information about Tuition Support, Deferred Tuition Support, and Special Needs Assistance, please visit the Sport Canada website.