CAN Fund Stats

CAN Fund offers 2 applications a year to which summer, winter, able-bodied and Paralympic athletes representing Canada on the world stage are eligible to apply.  Each athlete is eligible to receive up to $12,000 a year from CAN Fund ($6,000/application). Top level athletes receive $1500/month from Sport Canada to live on. The majority of athletes in Canada rely on CAN Fund so they can afford proper nutrition, better equipment, coaching, team fees and cover training and travel expenses.

  • Since 2003 CAN Fund has raised over $22 million for Canadian athletes.
  • At each of the Sochi, London and Vancouver Games CAN Fund supported 80% of the Canadian team.
  • In London, Canada won 18 medals and 14 of those medals were from individual athletes or athletes competing on a team that the majority of team members were supported by CAN Fund.

CAN FUND ATHLETE APPLICATION
For the most recent CAN Fund athlete application 846 athletes applied for direct financial support. 652 are summer athletes training for Rio 2016 and 194 are winter athletes training for 2018 PyeongChang.  With the Summer Games less than 90 days away our current funding priority is summer athletes who have already qualified for Rio or are still in the final qualification process.

Following is a snapshot of the financial situation of the summer sport athletes applying to CAN Fund taken from the most recent athlete application.

64% or 420 of the 652 summer athletes who recently applied to CAN Fund for funding are in debt and have a net negative income.  Their expenses to train and compete are greater than their income from sponsorship, bursaries, prize money, work etc.
14% or 94 of the 652 summer athletes with net negative incomes who applied to CAN Fund are not only the best in Canada but they are also ranked top 10 in the world.
46% or 297 of the 652 summer athletes who applied to CAN Fund for funding also work throughout the year when they can to supplement their income.  Keep in mind that most athletes train 6 days a week and at least 4 hours a day.

Examples of the annual net income of athletes applying to CAN Fund from a variety of summer sports:

  • Average Annual Net Income of a Track & Field athlete applying to CAN Fund is $620
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Badminton player applying to CAN Fund is negative $13,397
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Beach Volleyball player applying to CAN Fund is negative $4,136
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Field Hockey player applying to CAN Fund is negative $1,550
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Gymnast applying to CAN Fund is negative $3115
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Rower applying to CAN Fund is $2,514
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Sailor applying to CAN Fund is negative $13,160
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Swimmer applying to CAN Fund is $3,644
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Waterpolo player applying to CAN Fund is negative $411
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Para-Athletics athlete applying to CAN Fund is negative $5, 306

Every Sport is very different when it comes to their major expenses.  Following is a snapshot of what some athletes in their respective summer sport who have applied to CAN Fund pay for things like Team Fees, Equipment, Coaching, Nutrition, Travel to Training Camps and Competitions:

  • Annual Travel expenses of a Cyclist applying to CAN Fund range from $1,000 to $20,000 (Average: $6,068)
  • Annual Coaching or Club Fee costs for a Gymnast applying to CAN Fund ranges from $2,000 to $12,000 (Average: $7,719)
  • Annual Equipment costs for a Canoe/Kayaker applying to CAN Fund ranges from $1,000 to $6,500 (Average: $3,024)
  • Annual Travel expenses of a Beach Volleyball player applying to CAN Fund ranges from $2,500 to $23,000 (Average: $12,493)
  • Annual Travel Expenses of a Track and Field athlete applying to CAN Fund ranges from $1,000 to $11,000 (Average: $3,098)
  • Annual Food/Nutrition expenses of a Rower applying to CAN Fund is $3,000 to $9,600 (Average: $5,672)
  • Annual Food/Nutrition expenses of a Women’s Soccer player applying to CAN Fund is $2,400 to $10,000 (Average: $5,143)