Skaters enrolled in CompetitiveSkate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder.

These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:

  • Access to provincial and national funding programs (as applicable)
  • The opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada’s National Team
  • The opportunity to compete at Skate Canada Sectionals, Skate Canada Challenge, and/or the Canadian Figure Skating Championships
  • Opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally
  • Access to sport science services
Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the CompetitiveSkate program.

If I Participate in the Competitive Program, is that All I Can Do?

No! Many skaters who compete in the qualifying event structure also take tests in Skate Canada’s STARSkate Program or participate on synchronized skating teams. The only events that you may not be able to compete in are club, and STARSkate events, some which restrict entry of skaters who have competed in the qualifying event system.


Competitive Ice dancing resembles ballroom dancing on the ice so the emphasis is on a graceful and entertaining routines that could easily be done on the ground. Ice dancers must dance to music that has a steady beat or rhythm, Ice dancers do intricate footwork sequences to music. There are several pattern ice dances, which include set patterns and set steps, that figure skaters can learn and master. Ice dancers are judged more on the precision of their footwork.

Competitive Pair skating is a variation of single skating. Two skaters, a man and a woman, or a boy and girl, skate together. The jumps, spins, and footwork that are part of free skating occur in pair skating, and the two skaters do lifts as well as additional pair spins and throw jumps.