Funding for PSOs

These Quest for Gold (QfG) initiatives aim to ensure that Ontario’s developmental and high-performance athletes receive the best coaching possible, by delivering financial assistance to Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) for coach-related costs.

Funding is available in 3 categories: Apprentice Programs, Coach Evaluator Training and Other Sport Programming

In each category, PSOs can apply for a para and able-bodied program once each per fiscal year. The funding cycle runs from April-March annually

Funding in this category provides financial support for training and development of coaches through apprentice/mentor partnerships. The goal is to develop more coaches to work with elite and high performance athletes in Ontario. Full Program Guidelines

How much is available?

  • Up to $5,000 per year

How can I use these funds?

  • Structured mentor and apprentice programs
  • Minimum 2 apprentices to 1 mentor
  • Maximum 10 apprentices to 1 mentor
  • All apprentices must reside in Ontario

Funding in this category supports the development and addition of new coach evaluators (CEs) in order to help address specific needs for each sport including geographical coverage, replacing retirings CEs, evaluation for new NCCP programs/contexts and more. Full Program Guidelines

How much is available?

  • Up to $3,000 per year

How can I use these funds?

  • Host a “train the trainer” weekend
  • Send CE candidates to training offered in other provinces
  • Develop Master Coach Developers (MCDs) who will train other CEs

Funding in this category helps enable PSOs to lead and develop their own unique solutions to expand the experience and opportunities for their coaches. Full Program Guidelines

How much can I apply for?

  • Up to $5,000 per year

What I use these funds for?

  • Honorariums, conferences and workshops for your
  • Bringing in experts to work with your coaches

To be eligible, the sport for which the applicant represents must also meet all of the following three criteria:

  1. Must be delivered by a PSO/MSO recognized under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS’s) Sport Recognition Policy,
  2. Must be participating in the QfG Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (QfG-OAAP).
  3. Must have an approved NCCP Program.

The sports who meet the eligibility requirements as of April 1, 2019 are listed below:

  • Alpine Skiing (including Para)
  • Archery (including Para)
  • Artistic Swimming
  • Athletics (including Para)
  • Badminton (including Para)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh/Skeleton
  • Boccia
  • Boxing
  • Canoe/Kayak/Whitewater
  • Cross Country Skiing (including Para)
  • Curling (including Para)
  • Cycling (including Para)
  • Dive
  • Equestrian (including Para)
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Gymnastics
  • Goal Ball
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey (including OHF, HNO, HEO, OWHA and Para)
  • Judo (including Para)
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Ringette
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (including 7s)
  • Sailing (including Para)
  • Shooters (including Para)
  • Figure Skating
  • Snowboarding (including Para)
  • Soccer (including 5 and 7 a-side)
  • Softball
  • Speed Skating
  • Squash
  • Swimming (including Para)
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis (including Wheelchair)
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (including Beach, Indoor and Para)
  • Water Polo
  • Waterski/Wakeboard
  • Weightliftting
  • Wheelchair Basketball

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

Quest for Gold (QfG) is funded from net revenues generated by the Quest for Gold lottery, created by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).