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Program Details


A 30 minute program for young skaters age 3 to 5. NO previous skating experience is required. Small group environment. Skaters are encouraged to stand and get up on their own, gain a sense of balance and control. Skaters are grouped by ability. Skaters who complete all PreCanSkate levels move onto CanSkate


A 45 minute program for skaters age 6 and up or skaters who have completed PreCanSkate. NO previous skating experience is required. A complete series of balance, control and agility skills are taught. We track your child's progress through the badges and group them accordingly. 

Each sessions begins with a group warm up, followed by group instruction lead by a NCCP trained level coach and assisted by volunteer program assistants. Every lesson finishes with a cool down. 


2023-2024 CanSkater Handbook

Learn to Skate Schedule

All Spring 2024 Learn to Skate session will be at Rotary Place

5:45pm - 6:15pm     PreCan
6:25pm - 7:10pm     CanSkate

5:30pm - 6:00pm     PreCan
6:10pm - 6:55pm     CanSkate

4:55pm - 5:25pm    PreCan
5:35pm - 6:20pm    CanSkate
6:20pm - 6:50pm    Little Stars

Equipment Information & Helmet Policy

Equipment Information

All skaters in all programs are required to provide their own hockey or figure skates (lace-up recommended) and a CSA approved hockey helmet. - NO bike or ski helmets will be permitted. Skaters also need to provide their own warm clothing and gloves/mittens while they are on the ice. Helmets must be in good condition, not broken or missing pieces, and must fit the skater properly.

Click here to view PreCan & CanSkate Equipment Needs.

Skate Canada Helmet Policy


All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate participants (regardless of age) up to and including Stage 5 must wear CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice. Skaters working on Stage 6 or higher may choose to continue to wear a helmet at their discretion. The hockey helmet must be in good condition, not broken or missing pieces, and must fit properly.

This policy is agreed upon at the time of registration, and must be followed by all participants. All participants must have proper equipment to participate in classes. Rentals are not available for any reason, or at any time during our programs.

For more information on Skate Canada's Helmet Policy and regulations can be found here.

Helmet Policy Frequently Asked Questions:

How should the hockey helmet fit?

* A hockey helmet should fit snug to prevent any shifting and maximize protection. Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened.

* For an adjustable helmet, open it to the largest setting and gradually begin to downsize the helmet until a comfortably snug fit is achieved. The helmet should rest on the head so that the rim is one finger width above the eyebrow and making contact with the top of your head.

* Although most helmets are lined with protective foam, some helmets will feel better than others. Try on different brands of helmets for fit and comfort.

* All CSA certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification.

Why only hockey helmets?

Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a skater is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.

Are face mask required?

Face masks are not mandatory; however young skaters may benefit from the added protection.

Are used hockey helmets acceptable?

Hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). If the CSA sticker is not present, throw the product away. Hockey helmets must have labelling with the date of manufacture and have a chin strap.  CSA takes the position that the life span of a helmet is not easy to determine and so CSA does not give expiry dates for hockey helmets. CSA advocates that “consumers should exercise good judgement as to the suitability of a hockey helmet for play. Helmets that are cracked, have loose fitting or missing liner pieces, or that have been subjected to a severe blow should be replaced. For a hockey helmet to function effectively, it must be in very good working order and worn properly in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions."

Can a parent sign a waiver absolving the club from any liability and allow their child to participate without a helmet?

No. The requirement to wear a helmet is a Skate Canada Policy and all clubs and members must abide by our policies. Therefore, in order to participate in the CanSkate program all skaters who have not achieved Stage 5 in the CanSkate program or who lack good balance and control must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice.

Why has up to and including Stage 5 been selected as the benchmark for helmet use?

* Skaters who lack good control/balance when skating forward, backward and have difficulty stopping, as well as maneuvering around obstacles on the ice are at a higher risk of being unable to control a fall, regardless of their age.

* The CanSkate program has been developed to introduce basic skating skills to beginners in a safe and sequential manner. The learning progressions leading to and included in Stage 5 allow skaters to gain the necessary skills (balance, agility, and control) required to safely participate on the ice. While it may be likely that many Stage 5 skaters can skate reasonably well, ice surfaces can be very unpredictable and there is always a risk of falling, no matter what stage a skater is at. CanSkaters participate in a group environment with other skaters on the ice of different levels who may fall and cause other skaters to fall.

This is an additional cost for parents. Does Skate Canada provide any incentives or fees reduction for CanSkate members having to purchase a helmet?

Most hockey helmets retail for approximately $50. Many CSA approved hockey helmets are adjustable and could be used for many years of skating both within the club and recreationally outdoors during the winter months. Skate Canada does not currently offer incentives for parents.

How can I identify a hockey helmet that is CSA approved? Where will the logo appear on the hockey helmet?

The CSA approved logo will be found on the back of the hockey helmet affixed to the outer shell of the helmet. For more information about CSA standards visit




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