The OLY Canada Commission will be the National Olympian Association in Canada fully supported and in partnership with the COC aiming to spread the spirit of Olympism throughout our country. This Commission will be integrated into the COC to represent the voices of Legacy Olympians in Canada and represent Canada with the World Olympians Association. The commission will be giving perspective regarding various COC OLY Legacy programs with the objectives listed below.


The objectives of the Commission are to:

  • Provide feedback on programs, initiatives and opportunities for Team Canada Olympians to socialise and celebrate Olympic experiences;
  • Consider questions and issues relating to Team Canada Olympians and provide insight, perspective and feedback to the COC;
  • Represent the rights and interests of Team Canada Olympians and participate in COC consultations and decision making as required by COC;
  • Provide support to the COC to achieve its objectives involving Team Canada Olympians;
  • Represent the Commission at specific COC and World Olympian Association events;
  • Act consistently with the guidelines of the WOA;
  • Grow and maintain database of Team Canada Olympians;
  • Act as ambassadors of the Olympic Spirit, promote the Olympic Movement and inspire young people through education and fostering the values, ideals and principles of Olympism; and
  • Upon request from COC, review and provide input regarding various COC policies and guidelines directly targeting the Team Canada Olympians.

The full Terms of Reference can be found here.


Membership in the Commission is conditional upon confirmation of all of the following:

  • Being a Team Canada Olympian;
  • Being at least 18 years old and having the full legal capacity to act on one’s own behalf; 
  • Not having been   sanctioned for two (2) years or greater pursuant to a breach of the World Anti-Doping Code or the CADP Rules;
  • Not having been convicted of a serious criminal offence for which a Pardon has not been granted; and
  • Not having been sanctioned for a breach of COC Policy Statement and Guidelines on Conduct.


The Commission shall be composed of four (4) elected members, which shall be elected in the following way:

  • Two (2) Commission members will be elected in each of the following classes of Retired Team Canada Olympians;
    • Team Canada Olympians who have retired from sport and have competed in an Olympic Games in the last ten (10) years;
    • Team Canada Olympians who have retired from sport and have not competed in the Olympic Games for a minimum of ten (10) years.

The Term for Elected Members shall be four (4) years.


All applications must be submitted using the Application Form by no later than Sunday, March 14th, 2021, by 23:59 Eastern Time.


Once the applications are collected, we will provide all Olympians the opportunity to virtually vote on the candidacy.


What happens to the Olympian Association of Canada?

The OLY Canada Commission, as integrated with the COC, acts as a National Olympian Association (NOA) recognized by the World Olympians Association (WOA). For any questions regarding Olympian Association of Canada please contact, Chris Farstad, OLY at:

What is the main difference between the COC Athlete Commission and the OLY Canada Commission?

Athlete Commission is responsible to bring Canadian Olympic athletes’ perspectives in areas ranging from athlete rights, safe sport policies, marketing & COC partnership agreements, Olympic team selection policies and much more. The OLY Canada Commission will be comprised of alumni who represent the voices of Legacy Olympians in Canada and represent Canada with the World Olympians Association. To know more please visit the web page and for any questions please contact:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Sandra Sassine at

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