Funding for Coach Salaries

The Coach Salary Support programs aim to increase the number of full-time salaried coaching positions in the sports industry by providing seed funding for organizations who are looking to hire a full-time coach for the first time.

Funding is available for full-time head coaches and for full-time female apprentice coaches at the post-secondary level.

This funding provides up to $60,000 over 3 years for a new full-time head coach.

This seed funding is a matching grant between CAO and the recipient organization. The minimum annual salary for the hired coach is $50,000 per year + benefits.

  • Year 1 – $25,000
  • Year 2 – $20,000
  • Year 3 – $15,000

  • Coach resides in Ontario (after hire) and is coaching Ontario athletes
  • Newly created position
  • Support from your government recognized PSO
  • Eligible organizations include: PSOs, clubs, colleges, universities, regional centres of excellence

Read full program guidelines here

Current list of 3-Year Coach Salary Grant recipients

Wave 2 – 2022-23 (2 spots)

  • Applications open: October 3, 2022
  • Applications close: November 11, 2022
  • Recipients announced: December 12, 2022
  • Coaches hired by: March 31, 2023

This funding provides up to $40,000 over 2 years for a post-secondary institution to hire a full-time female apprentice coach. The goal of the program is to increase the number of paid full-time female coaches in sport and provide a pathway for their development.

This seed funding is a matching grant between CAO and the recipient post-secondary organization. The minimum annual salary for the hired coach is $40,000 per year + benefits.

  • Year 1 – $20,000
  • Year 2 – $20,000

  • Coach resides in Ontario (after hire) and is coaching Ontario athletes
  • Coach is assigned a mentor coach as part of a structured mentorship program
  • Support from your government recognized PSO
  • Eligible organizations include: Ontario colleges and universities

Read full program guidelines here.

Current list of 2-Year Coach Salary recipients.

Funding for the 2022-23 fiscal year has been allocated. The next application window will be announced after April 1, 2023.

Coaching Enhancement Funding Programs

The government of Ontario is committed to providing funding support for Ontario’s coaches.