The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program (WIC) and Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (AACP) are partnerships between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This programs provide the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female Coaches and two Coaches of Aboriginal ancestry to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles.  The CGC, the CAC, and PTCRs strongly believe that apprenticeship programs are an essential part of the development of Coaches in our country. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build capacity in underrepresented populations in coaching.

The purpose of the programs is to provide women and aboriginal coaches with national multi-sport games experience. Selected Coaches have direct involvement in preparation and competition and receive support from an identified mentor Coach throughout the duration of the programs


  • Build coaching capacity
  • Provide apprentice Coaches with domestic multi-sport exposure;
  • Provide apprentice Coaches with enhanced professional development and learning opportunities to prepare them for higher level coaching and ensure an increase in their level of certification to a minimum of Competition-Development (apprentice Coaches complete certification within 2 years following the Games);
  • Expose apprentice Coaches to elite high level sport experiences
  • Ensure apprentice Coaches are prepared to play a meaningful role during the Canada Games experience


  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant status;
  • Coaching experience;
  • Completed some form of NCCP training, with preference given to Competition Introduction Trained status;
  • Never attended a Canada Games as a Coach;
  • Never attended the Olympics, Pan American Games, or Commonwealth Games as a Coach;
  • Demonstrated potential through the development and improvement of their athletes or as seen by the P/TSO or mentor Coach;
  • Not already selected to the coaching staff of a province/territory’s Canada Games coaching staff;

Any exceptions to the above eligibility requirements must be approved by the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative before a Coach can be admitted into the WiC program.

Additional eligibility criteria for the AACP:

  • Aboriginal ancestry: anyone of First Nation (status and non-status Indian), Métis or Inuit ancestry;
  • Identified to have potential to influence, coach, and promote sport in their communities to increase quality coaching in aboriginal communities;
  • Trained in the Aboriginal Coaching Manual. Coaches who are not already trained in the manual may be admitted to the program, but will be required to complete the training before attending the Canada Games;