About The CAO

Who We Are

The Coaches Association of Ontario is an independent, non-profit organization that supports coaches from community level to high performance across all sports in Ontario.

What We Can Do For You

The CAO works to provide coach development, funding opportunities, and events to provide support, recognition and representation for all coaches in Ontario.


The Coaches Association of Ontario serves the needs of coaches to create an exceptional, safe and positive experience for all athletes and participants at every stage of their sport participation.


Deliver coaching programs and services that develop competent and certified coaches.


Ethics: Integrity and safety guide our decisions and actions

Quality: Provide world leading, high quality support services and programs

Leadership: Enabling and empowering people to develop into leaders

Innovation: Creative and evidence-informed ways to evolve and find solutions

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How We Do It

Founded in 2002, the CAO remains committed to its original mandate of “Coaches Helping Coaches”

Education and Development

NCCP and other educational resources that stimulate life-long learning to promote quality and safe sport for all.


The voice for coaches and coaching in Ontario.


Connecting coaches with appropriate support and services to better recruit, retain, and recognize them throughout their coaching journey.

Organizational Excellence

World class organization that promotes leadership, innovation and excellence.

CAO Strategic Vision

Learn about the CAO’s commitment to anti-racism in sport

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 and Coaching Enhancement Funds .

The Federal Government is a supporting partner through Sport Canada.

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.

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.