Para-swimming Athlete Assistance Program Criteria (AAP)

The purpose of this document is to present the criteria for the determination of the nominations of athletes by Swimming Canada to Sport Canada for approval of Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) support. The target audiences for this document are athletes and the coaches of such athletes who now access or wish to access the program. In general, the AAP (carding) recognizes the commitment a swimmer makes to long-term training and competitive programs and seeks to relieve some of the pressures associated with participation in international sport. In particular, the AAP provides financial assistance to Canadian high-performance swimmers to assist them in seeking enhanced training opportunities intended to progress their performances. To this end, the assistance helps swimmers with their training and competition needs and is paid directly to the swimmer.

The AAP objective is to support Canadian athletes identified and nominated by Swimming Canada as performing at or having the greatest potential to achieve top 16 results at the Paralympic Games and International Paralympic Committee World Championships. The coach remains a critical component of the team and in conjunction with Swimming Canada manages and directs the swimmers training plan. The AAP is the only Sport Canada program to provide direct financial support for athletes

ATTENTION March 18, 2020 – The High Performance leadership staff recognize that the COVID-19 related municipal, provincial and federal government directives, and the evolving world-wide situation is having an impact on training facility access and the mandatory competitions which are listed in the current 2019-2020 AAP Carding Criteria. COVID-19 will also impact the qualification events for the 2020-2021 AAP Carding Criteria. These circumstances will change the manner in which the posted 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 AAP Carding Criteria would be applied.

Swimming Canada’s High Performance leadership staff are continually monitoring the implications and the Carding Criteria documents will be reviewed and revised in due time. Consultation with Sport Canada will be required for all related revision recommendations. Communication of the approved revised carding criteria documents will follow at the earliest opportunity.

ATTENTION June 22, 2020 – The document below outlines the 2020-2021 AAP Carding Strategy as Approved by Sport Canada.

Year (PDF Resource) Date Published
2020-2021 Strategy June 22, 2020
2019-2020 Criteria Updated May 4, 2019
2018-2019 Criteria Updated August  27, 2018
2017-2018 Criteria April 11, 2017
2016-2017 Criteria October 13, 2016