Overview of the Program

The Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program (WIC) is a partnership between the Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCRs), the Canada Games Council (CGC), and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). This program provides the opportunity for each province and territory to send 2 female Coaches to the Canada Games in apprenticeship roles. The CGC, the CAC, and PTCRs strongly believe that the apprenticeship program is an essential part of the development of a Coach. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs can be used as a means to build capacity in underrepresented populations in coaching, such as women.

The purpose of the program is to provide women Coaches with a practical and integrated major 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 program.


  • Build coaching capacity for women in sport;
  • Provide female apprentice Coaches with domestic multi-sport exposure;
  • Provide female 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 female apprentice Coaches to elite women Coaches’ experiences;
  • Ensure female 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.


Program Timelines

2021 Canada Summer Games – Niagara Region, St. Catherine’s, Ontario

2021 Public Interest Form Opens: November 4, 2019

Public Interest Form Closes:  January 10, 2020

Full Application Due Date: February 20, 2020

Coaches Selected (Latest possible date): March 16, 2020

1 st PD Session November 2020 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Conference Quebec City, QC

2 nd PD Session April 2021 2021

Canada Games: August 6 – 21, 2021


To submit your Expression of Interest or to learn more, please visit coach.ca


To learn more about past WIC Apprentices, click here.

For more information, please contact:

Ashleigh Milani

E: ashleigh@coachnb.ca T: (506) 444-3888 ext. 2