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Frequently asked questions about the Canadian Athletes Now Fund:

What is the Canadian Athletes Now Fund?
For over 10 years CAN Fund has been helping great talent become world class and has supported hundreds of athletes who have proudly represented Canada at World Championships and Summer and Winter Games from Sydney to Rio.  CAN Fund is a leading catalyst in giving our athletes what they need to succeed on the world stage.  Your donation provides our athletes with the opportunity to train and compete on a level playing field for Canada.  Becoming world class requires great financial commitment and with consistent support from CAN Fund our athletes will achieve excellence. With every donation to CAN Fund you find out the name of the athlete supported and receive a tax receipt.

How many athletes has CAN Fund supported in the past?
Canadian athletes face a funding shortfall and rely on CAN Fund to help close the funding gap.  CAN Fund has raised over $18 million to date and supported hundreds of athletes from coast to coast.  CAN Fund proudly supported 80% of the Canadian athletes who competed at the Vancouver and Sochi Games and 70% of the Canadian athletes who competed in London.

How do athletes apply to CAN Fund?
Twice a year summer, winter, able bodied and Paralympic athletes representing Canada at the international level are eligible to apply to CAN Fund.  The application deadlines and forms are available on our website during the application submission period.  Athletes are able to apply to CAN Fund via online submission or can mail their applications directly to CAN Fund.  The application is distributed through the following channels:  NSO’s, CAN Fund Athlete Reps, Athletes CAN, CAN Fund Social Media Outlets and the CAN Fund Athlete Database.

Does every athlete who applies to the Fund get money? How much?
Each application is reviewed by the Canadian Athletes Now Fund Athlete Selection Committee and evaluated on a criteria approved by the CAN Fund Board of Directors.  Based on the monies raised CAN Fund disperses the funds directly to as many athletes as possible.  If an athlete is successful in becoming a CAN Fund recipient they receive $6,000.  Because CAN Fund offers 2 applications per year an athlete is eligible to receive $12,000 annually ($6,000 per application).

Are you a registered charity?
Yes, the Canadian Athletes Now Fund is a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association, recognized by Canadian Revenue Agency. The CAN Fund Charity Number is 856858642RR0003 and is listed on the CRA website as our official name SEE YOU IN-CANADIAN ATHLETES FUND CORPORATION.

Will I get a tax receipt if I donate to this fund?
Yes, we are pleased to issue a receipt for all monetary donations over $25.

What exactly will my donation be used for?
Your donation will directly support Canadian athletes preparing to represent Canada on the world stage.  Athletes rely on CAN Fund so they can afford proper nutrition, equipment, coaching, team fees, travel to training camps and competitions and basic living expenses.

If I donate to CAN Fund, will I find out the name of the athlete my donation is supporting?
Yes, with every donation to CAN Fund the donor finds out the name of the athlete(s) supported and receives a tax receipt (donations $25 or more).  A list of athletes supported each application is also featured on our website at

Why should Canadians support this fund?
Canada as a country benefits from this fund in several ways. Our athletes are incredible role models — especially for our youth — they act as ambassadors to our country, and with consistent financial support, these athletes can continue inspiring future generations of proud Canadians. Perhaps Scott Russell, CBC Sports Commentator/Hockey Night In Canada puts it best: "The Canadian Athletes Now Fund is making a difference. It's the unseen hand in the grandstand which will help Canadian athletes live their dreams at the Olympics in 2004. The contribution we make to the efforts of those who will wear the maple leaf, is an investment in the national pride we so often take for granted. These athletes deserve our support, our good wishes and our financial backing. When they compete they make us all proud, and as a passionate fan of sport in this country, I'm delighted to endorse the Canadian Athletes Now Fund.”

How long has CAN Fund been around?
The Canadian Athletes Now Fund was established in 1997 to help send athletes to Sydney in 2000.  CAN Fund has directly impacted the lives of hundreds of Canadian athletes enabling them to follow their world class dreams.  CAN Fund also engages proud Canadians from coast to coast to invest in potential and become a part of an athlete’s journey.

The Fund has many milestones to celebrate:

  • 1997- Fund Established, 1997 Inaugural Gala MFN (Currently Devils Martini)
  • 2000- Daniel Igali winning gold in Sydney and thanks the See You In Sydney Fund
  • 2003- Taxi Creates Pro Bono National Awareness Campaign- The See You In Athens Fund was recognized as one of the most successful athletic fund-raising efforts in Canadian history in Marketing Management Canadian 12th Edition
  • MasterCard's $500,000 donation becomes the first major corporate donation
  • Fall 2003 See You In Canadian Athletes Fund gains charitable status
  • 244 of the 266 Athletes in Athens are recipients of the Fund -  11 of the 12 Medalists are recipients
  • December 2003- Toronto Star: Laurel: Jane Roos : For making Olympic Dreams Come True. She Runs the See You in Athens Fund, and raised millions to support our Athletes
  • Recipients of the FUND pay it forward including: Perdita Felician, Lori Ann Muenzer, Clara Hughes, Tracy Cameron and Malcolm Howard
  • See You In Torino Fund wins Live Olympic Award in Torino
  • The Canadian Athletes Now Fund becomes National Charity of Ottawa Race Weekend
  • Canadian Athletes Now Fund wins National Federal Court Case vs. COC 
  • 10th Anniversary: Patrons of Sport Campaign was created. The founding donor was Eugene Melnyk with a donation of $1 million.
  • Talent Supporting Talent: Our Talent Supporting Talent initiative was launched October 2009 with the “Celebrating Canadian Talent Art Exhibit” which involved a number of Famous Canadians creating artwork in support of Canadian athletes. Future Talent Supporting Talent initiatives to come.
  • Shaw “Making it Happen” Telethons: Over 1.2 million was raised in support of Canadian athletes through 2 live telethon events held in Calgary in 2008 and Vancouver in 2009. Over 120 Canadian athletes were involved in the telethons, answering phones, sharing their stories and working together to raise awareness for athletes.
  • Sprott Gold Metal Celebration: Sprott Asset Management LP and the Sprott Foundation pledged $100,000 for every gold medal won by a Canadian athlete at the Vancouver Games. This investment of $1.4 million will help fund future athletes.
  • July 27, 2010 – Marking the 2 year countdown to the London Games CAN Fund distributes over $1 million to summer athletes. 
  • CAN Fund proudly supports 80% of the Canadian athletes competing in Sochi. 
  • CAN Fund partners with Brookfield Properties to celebrate the Sochi Games with the creation of the CAN Fund Lodge at First Canadian Place (Toronto).  




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