About The CAO

Founded in 2002, the CAO receives its strategic direction from a coach-led Board of Directors. Tactics are executed by a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about helping coaches and truly believe in the CAO’s mandate which is “Coaches Helping Coaches”. Each staff member has a background in sport and are most often, actively coaching.



Who We Are

A Voice For Coaches

The CAO is an independent, non-profit organization providing representation and recognition for coaches in a variety of contexts. This association is “coach-led” and accountable to its members who are “coaches” in all sports.

Coaching Ethically

The CAO is committed to coaching ethically and representing the rights and interests of its member coaches. Through awareness and education, incidents of misconduct can be reduced and ethical coaches can protect our communities.

Workshops & Networking Opportunities

Every coach brings his or her own experience to the playing field, arena or pool. By providing networking opportunities in a workshop format along with successful mentor coach, the CAO brings coaches together in a community forum to share expertise on coaching.

Member Services

Members receive information about the new coaching tools, they are eligible to for education subsidies, programs and discounts at seminars and conferences. We currently have partnerships established to provide members with discounts to books and resources. A number of corporate partnerships are in development for other opportunities/services/discounts for member coaches.


What We Do

Mission Statement

The Coaches Association of Ontario is committed to bringing together resources and providing a central coordinating body focused on the needs of coaches.


The Coaches’ Association of Ontario provides a coordinating role to strengthen the support mechanisms, development opportunities and access to educational resources for all coaches across sports in Ontario.  We exist to promote a minimum standard of coaching quality through education and assurance, to coaching ethically in all situations and in all contexts.

Coaches’ contributions should be financed and rewarded appropriately, and the CAO will advocate that sports and the coaching profession will continue in a culture of innovation, continual renewal and professional development.


Who We Work With

Supporting Partners

The CAO acknowledges the generous support from its partners for its programs and to the benefit of Ontario Coaches.

The Ontario Government provides direct support to delivery of the NCCP Coach Education program, Enhanced Coaching Funds through Quest for Gold Lottery and the annual Ontario Coaches Week program through Sport For More (Active 2010).

The Federal Government through Sport Canada is a supporting partner through the bi-lateral funds which provided half of the government (Federal & Provincial) contribution towards Ontario Coaches Week from 2006-2012.

In 2002, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) provided a 5-Year grant for CAO to get its initial programs onto a solid foundation. The OTF grant to the CAO allowed for a stable operational start-up. The OTF continues to support the CAO’s community outreach programs to enable us to recruit and serve Coaches in the far North, and in under-represented communities with innovative Coach clinics, workshops, NCCP, and Ontario Coaches Week activities.

Collaborative Partners

The CAO works closely with its national and provincial/territorial partners on Coach Education and the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). The CAC sets the national standard for the NCCP curriculum while CAO and the Ontario PSOs act as the delivery arm.