Quest for Gold

Quest for Gold provides education-based subsidies for competitive to high-performance coaches, including those at the high school, university and club level.

The Quest for Gold (Q4G) initiative is also instrumental in delivering financial assistance to  Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) for coach-related costs.

The Q4G program aims to ensure that Ontario’s developmental and high-performance athletes receive the best coaching possible, by providing a series of enhancement programs and resources for coaches and PSOs.

Unsure if you are eligible for Q4G funding? Please contact the CAO today!

Quest for Gold Coach Funding

Q4G Coach Opportunities:

1) Coach Bursary: Receive reimbursement for up to 70% of NCCP course fees. Applicable only for eligible in-person workshops and select sports (see Eligibility below).

2) Ontario Coaches Conference: A professional development opportunity for coaches, held annually at various locations across the province. Q4G affords coaches an opportunity to participate at a highly-subsidized rate.

3) Expert Express: No-cost access to experts in the fields of sport psychology, nutrition and leadership.


Eligible Coaches

The CAO will provide grants under this program to coaches who meet the following criteria:

  1. Who are a minimum NCCP Competition Stream trained (or equivalent)
  2. Coaching in a Quest for Gold Eligible Sport (see section below)
  3. A resident of Ontario
  4. Coaching competitive level athletes who are considered Ontario residents by definition in the Quest for Gold Athlete Assistance Program (Q4G OAAP)
  5. Assigned as the Coach of athletes attending competitions (Note: to distinguish this role from support persons i.e. strength & conditioning trainer)
  6. Registered as a current member in good standing of an Ontario Provincial Sport Organization (PSO)
  7. Registered as a member of an Ontario sport club, sport league or sport association

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Eligible Sports

To be eligible, the sport for which the applicant represents must also meet all of the following three criteria, by August 1 2015:

1. Must be delivered by a PSO/MSO recognized under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports (MTCS’s) Sport Recognition Policy,

2. Must be participating in the Q4G Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (Q4G-OAAP),

3. Must have an approved NCCP Program.

The list of sports who have met the eligibility requirements under this policy are listed below:

Alpine Skiing Field Hockey Snowboarding
Archery Freestyle Skiing Soccer (including 5 and 7 a-side)
Athletics (including Para-Athletics) Gymnastics Softball
Badminton Goal Ball Speed Skating
Baseball Golf Squash
Basketball (including Wheelchair) Ice Hockey Swimming
Biathlon Judo Synchronized Swimming
Bobsleigh Karate Table Tennis
Boccia Lacrosse Tae Kwon Do
Boxing Modern Pentathlon Tennis (including Wheelchair)
Canoe/Kayak Powerlifting Triathlon
Cross Country Skiing Ringette Volleyball (including Sitting)
Curling Rowing Water Polo
Cycling Rugby (including 7′s ) Water Ski / Wakeboarding
Dive Sailing Weightlifting
Equestrian Shooters Wheelchair Rugby
Fencing Figure Skating Wrestling


2015-2016 funding now available!

Applications are now being accepted for all coach and PSO funding opportunities. Select a Q4G opportunity below to find out more or apply now.

Q4G is funded from net revenues generated by the Quest for Gold lottery, created by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG).

The government of Ontario is committed to providing Q4G funding support for Ontario’s coaches.