FAQ

 

What is the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund? 

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund was created in 2020 to provide financial support to Canadian youth who want to play hockey

With more than $1 million in funding available, the fund will provide up to $500 per youth player in registration fee subsidies for financially-qualified applicants registered with a sanctioned Hockey Canada association.

Canadians can also make a donation to the Assist Fund to support the game in their community. One hundred per cent of all donations will go to supporting access to hockey.

APPLY OR DONATE TO THE ASSIST FUND

 

Why was Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund created?

The Assist Fund was created in response to the many financial challenges Canadians face due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to help families and communities get back to the game they love. The Fund exemplifies Hockey Canada Foundation’s commitment to removing barriers to playing hockey for all Canadian youth.

 

Who qualifies for Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund?

Financial Qualification: The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is open to applicants (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency) who currently meet the LICO (low income cutoff) as established by Stats Canada.

Registration Fee Qualification: Applicants must be registering a child with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned local hockey association (HA) for the 2021-22 season.

 

What is required to apply for the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund?

When you apply, you will also need to supply proof of Minor Hockey Association Registration or official quote from Minor Hockey Association you plan to register your kids. You will also need to disclose if you’ve applied for other funding.

 

What does “Hockey Canada-sanctioned” mean?

Hockey Canada-sanctioned includes all hockey programming offered by Hockey Canada, its Members, Local Hockey Associations, Partners, Hockey Canada Schools With Residence, Hockey Canada Accredited Schools or any other organization under the auspices of Hockey Canada.

 

Can I apply even if I’ve already registered a child with a Hockey Canada sanctioned Local Hockey Association (LHA) for the 2021-22 season?

Yes. If you have already registered a youth with a Hockey Canada sanctioned local hockey association (LHA), you can apply for your child’s funding and will require proof of registration payment. Approved applicants who have already paid registration fees will receive a refund in the amount of your funding from your LHA.

 

How much funding will applicants receive? 

Each approved applicant will receive up to $500 per player in funding that will go toward registration fees with a sanctioned Hockey Canada association.

 

When will applicants receive their funding?

Funding for approved applicants will be sent to their Hockey Canada-sanctioned local hockey association (LHA), which will then apply the funds to the applicant’s registration fees. Processing of requests, approvals and fund distribution should range from two to four weeks (subject to volume of requests).

 

How long is the Fund receiving applications for the 2021-22 season?

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund will be open to receive applications between Sunday, August 1st, 2021 until December 3, 2021.

 

How are funds being allocated?

Funds will be allocated based on youth hockey registrations across the country. Where required, funds may be directed to regions with higher demand for fund support.

 

Can I donate to the Assist Fund?

Yes, please! When it’s time to play, we all need an assist. More donations made to the Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund mean more young Canadians can enjoy the game they love.

DONATE TO THE HOCKEY CANADA FOUNDATION ASSIST FUND

 

How much of my donation goes to helping Canadians?

Hockey Canada covers all costs associated with the administration of the Assist Fund so 100% of all donations made assist Canadian youth as they get back to playing hockey.

 

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

A tax receipt will be issued for all personal donations of more than $20.

 

How do I qualify for the BIPOC funding that was provided to the Assist Fund by Scotiabank?

To find out if you qualify for funding, please complete the Assist Fund application form and identify yourself as a member of the BIPOC community. BIPOC applicants must meet all other criteria set out in the application form.

 

Do I need to complete a separate application form to apply for the BIPOC funding that was provided to the Assist Fund by Scotiabank?

No. Please use the main Assist Fund application form.

 

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

For additional assistance, please contact assistfund@hockeycanada.ca.  

 

How many applicants were approved last year?

Over 1,000 Canadian families received an assist last year. 

These include 347 in Quebec, 229 in the prairie provinces, 330 in the maritime provinces, 341 in Ontario, 57 in British Columbia and 11 in the northern provinces and territories.