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 $26 million for Canadian athletes.
  • At each of the Rio, Sochi, London and Vancouver Games CAN Fund supported 80% of the Canadian team.
  • As funds are raised funds are distributed on a continuous basis.  Each application CAN Fund begins at $0 and works to raise as much funding as possible for the most recent group of applicants.

CAN FUND ATHLETE APPLICATION
For the most recent CAN Fund athlete application 743 athletes applied for direct financial support. 308 are winter athletes training for PyeongChang 2018 and 435 are summer athletes training for 2020 Toyko.  With the Winter Games less than a year away our current funding priority is winter athletes who have already qualified for PyeongChang or are still in the final qualification process.

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

61% or 189 of the 308 winter 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.
49% or 92 of the 189 winter athletes with net negative incomes who applied to CAN Fund are not only the best in Canada but they are also ranked top 20 in the world.
50% or 155 of the 308 winter 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 winter sports:

  • Average Annual Net Income of an Alpine Skier applying to CAN Fund is negative $12,759
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Speed Skater applying to CAN Fund is $596
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Bobsleigh athlete applying to CAN Fund is negative $12,518
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Cross Country Skier applying to CAN Fund is negative $8203
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Skeleton athlete applying to CAN Fund is negative $16,370
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Figure Skater applying to CAN Fund is negative $27,979
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Freestyle Skier applying to CAN Fund is negative $1,233
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Women’s Hockey Player applying to CAN Fund is $8,040
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Snowboarder applying to CAN Fund is negative $17,241
  • Average Annual Net Income of a Paralympic athlete applying to CAN Fund is  $148

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

  • Annual Travel & Accommodation expenses of a Snowboarder applying to CAN Fund range from $800 to $40,000 (Average: $18,822)
  • Annual National Team “Team Fee” cost for an Alpine Skier applying to CAN Fund ranges from $7,500 to $25,000 (Average: $19,375)
  • Annual Coaching costs for a Figure Skater applying to CAN Fund ranges from $3,500 to $60,00 (Average: $23,116)
  • Annual Equipment expenses of a Skeleton athlete applying to CAN Fund ranges from $1,000 to $17,050 (Average: $8,505)
  • Annual Equipment Expenses of a Speed Skater applying to CAN Fund ranges from $500 to $5,000 (Average: $2879)
  • Annual Food/Nutrition expenses of a Women’s Hockey Player applying to CAN Fund is $1,800 to $10,500 (Average: $5,303)
  • Annual Food/Nutrition expenses of a Bobsleigh athlete applying to CAN Fund is $1,500 to $13,000 (Average: $6,943)