As Team Canada Olympians, we all have different stories and different journeys. The potential in our legacies, however, is very much same. In fact, we are the only permanent members of the Olympic Movement in our country and around the globe.  With this comes the opportunity to create positive change. It is an inspiring mission to share and an important responsibility to uphold.

The OLY Canada Legacy Grant can help you do just that.

This program is designed to advance Olympism by providing financial assistance to Team Canada Legacy Olympians leading impactful projects that aim to build stronger communities through the Olympic values.

It’s an opportunity to make a difference.


Team Canada Legacy Olympians are considered Olympians who are retired from Olympic participation as an athlete. Please contact the Athlete Marketing and Olympian Legacy Team at if you are unsure of your status.

If you are retired from Olympic participation as an athlete and are leading a project in your community, or even just thinking about a new initiative – no matter how big or small – this grant program was created for you. To help support this work, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is excited to launch year two of the OLY Canada Legacy Grant with an additional five grants. This year, ten grants will be provided. At least five of the grants will be focused on increasing access and inclusion in sport. Individual grants are worth $5,000 each and will be, awarded to ten (10) successful candidates. 

There are many of you out there actively working on interesting, valuable and meaningful initiatives. Why not reach out to the COC to take advantage of this new resource and help your ideas grow?


Team Canada Legacy Olympians currently residing in Canada are eligible to apply for the Team Canada Olympian Legacy Grant.  This is an initiative offered exclusively for retired Team Canada Olympians. To be eligible, applicant(s) must be in compliance with and not be under sanction under the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code, and the COC Policy Statement and Guidelines on Conduct.


To be eligible for the Team Canada Olympian Legacy Grant, project submitted by applicant must:

  • Be led and controlled primarily by the eligible applicant (or a group of eligible applicants);
  • Be considered not-for-profit organization;
  • Be consistent with the values of the Olympic Charter, the World Anti-Doping Code and the COC Policy Statement and Guidelines on Conduct; and
  • Be implemented primarily during the calendar year of receipt of the grant plus one year (2020-2021).


Eligible projects will be considered by the COC and evaluated for the OLY Canada Legacy Grant as per the following criteria. Kindly note that such criteria is not exhaustive and other eligible projects may be considered for this program.

We will be evaluating applications that take into consideration any or all of the below criteria:

  • Olympic values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship are inherent in your project;
  • Project relates to increasing access or participation in sport by racialized communities with a focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities;
  • Project supports the COC’s effort of furthering the conversation around clean and ethical sport;
  • Project supports the COC’s efforts in sport inclusion (ex. accessibility, removing barriers to participation, leadership development); 
  • Project aligns with the World Olympians Association (WOA) in promoting Olympism in Society;
  • Project is sustainable (i.e. permanent or recurring) and is intended to leave a lasting legacy in the community. One-time projects will also be considered if evidence of a long-term positive impact on the community is demonstrated.

Examples of possible projects, subject to meeting eligibility criteria above, include: sport camps and clinics, Olympians giving back to community (sport and non-sport related), mentoring, school visits, podcasts, etc. Think outside the box! 

To learn more about the 2019 OLY Canada Legacy Grant Recipients, click here


Eligible applicants can submit a maximum of one (1) project. Each eligible project must be submitted to the COC using the APPLICATION FORM and submit a short video on the project. All sections of the form must be fully completed by the applicant to be valid. No other form of application will be accepted. 

All applications must be submitted to the COC using the Application Form by no later than Friday, November 6, 2020, by 23:59 Eastern Time.



The below steps will be followed to select eligible projects to the program:

  • October 15 2020: Call for 2020 applications
  • November 6, 2020: Deadline to submit 2020 applications by 23:59 Eastern Time. No late proposals will be accepted.
  • Week of November 16-20, 2020: Communication to successful applicant(s)/project(s)
  • November-December 2020: Announcement of 2020 OLY Canada Legacy Grant recipients.

*COC reserves the right to amend these timelines.


The OLY Canada Legacy Grant being awarded to successful project(s) is subject to selected applicant entering an agreement with the COC before to outline expectations of the grant project(s) which may include, without limitations; requirement to produce a progress update mid-project (Key Performance Indicators review) and project report/presentation after the end of the project, responsible use of the grant for the project, compliance with code of conduct. Grant recipients are also required to contribute social media posts promoting the OLY Grant that will in turn be amplified by COC channels.  

In addition, COC reserves the right to:

  • Amend or add conditions and/or criteria related to projects eligible for a grant;
  • Not to award a grant for projects meeting all of the eligibility and evaluations criteria;
  • Obtain clarifications on the project as part of the evaluation process;
  • Amend timelines.


For the year 2020-2021, the COC is committed to:

  • Making the grant payment to successful project(s) by no later than Wednesday, December 30, 2020;
  • Promoting the successful project(s) via COC-controlled platforms such as the OLY Canada website (OLY Life), Team Canada website ( or Team Canada social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, etc.).

If you have any questions regarding this program, you can always contact the Athlete Marketing & Olympian Legacy Team at


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