CSIO Announces Sports Included in the 2021-23 Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative

Thursday, April 29, 2021



CSIO Announces Sports Included in the 2021-23 Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative


For Immediate Release:


TORONTO (April 29th, 2021) – Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is excited to announce that 25 sports have been selected to take part in the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) program for 2021 – 2023.

The OHPSI program was designed to support a comprehensive Provincial high performance sport system that allows for sustained success of athletes and coaches at the highest levels of international sport. The goal of the OHPSI program is to identify and support Ontario athletes capable of achieving future international success on Senior National teams in targeted summer and winter Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Para Pan American Games sports.

Since inception in 2010, OHPSI has partnered directly with twenty-one (21) Olympic and Paralympic Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs), impacting upwards of 4,600 targeted athletes, coaches, and technical leaders in Ontario.

“Congratulations to all the sports selected to be a part of the 2021-23 OHPSI Program. We believe that creating an aligned performance pathway for athletes and coaches to excel to international podiums will help Ontario lead Team Canada to win more medals at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo and 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games”, said CSIO Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Low. “With the unprecedented events taking place over the past year, we have seen our sport practitioners’ step-up during stay-at-home orders to continue to support the athletes they work with. With the resiliency shown by all the staff at CSIO throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m confident and looking forward to the future and success of Ontario athletes targeted in the program.”

“Our government is committed to supporting the sport and recreation sector as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Returning to sport safely will be a vital part of Ontario’s economic and social recovery. As the sport sector both at home and abroad gradually reopens, the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative will create more opportunities to help high-performance athletes return to the podium so that we can once again showcase Ontario on the national and international stage.”

Through the OHPSI program, CSIO provides leadership, coaching support, sport science and sport medicine services, equipment and technology, competition and training camp enhancements, and facility access to create optimal daily training environments (DTE) for Ontario athletes and coaches. The program also aims for CSIO to build stronger relationships with Provincial and National Sport Organizations (PSOs and NSOs) while providing support to targeted athletes that are demonstrating they are on the pathway towards future international success. This approach is intimately tied and aligned to Own the Podium’s vision and strategy to optimize a targeted approach to increasing Canada’s potential for future international podium performances.

CSIO is excited to announce that the 2021-23 OHPSI program will include four Project Sports, as well as 21 core sports for the initiative - with a total of 25 sports included for the next two years”, said Director, Performance Pathways, James Brough. “With this intake, we’ve implemented changes and recommendations that will further enhance and advance High Performance planning and development for Ontario athletes. We’re looking forward to working with selected NSOs and PSOs as well as our partner Own the Podium, on delivering each sports’ respective High Performance development plans, and developing the Ontario athlete pool to represent Canada on the world stage at future major Games. Assisting the Pan-Canadian network on developing athletes and coaches with Sport Science, Sport Medical, and Technical leadership will help to achieve Canada’s goal of gold-standard sport performance.”

The 25 sports selected to be a part of the 2021-23 OHPSI program includes:


Alpine & Ski Cross
Artistic Swimming
Basketball (F)
Basketball (M)
Beach Volleyball
Canoe Kayak
Figure Skating
Freestyle Ski
Hockey (F)
Indoor Volleyball (M)
Nordic Ski
Rugby 7s (F)
Rugby (M)
Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Rugby

*indicates Project Sport status




About Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing world-class programs, services, and leadership to high performance athletes, coaches, and National and Provincial Sport Organizations to enhance their ability to achieve international podium performances. Our team of expert practitioners deliver sport science, sport medicine, life services, and coaching and technical leadership support to help Canada win medals and strengthen the sport system in Ontario and Canada. CSIO is part of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, working in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. CSIO is further supported by funding partners such as the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, and the Coaching Association of Canada. www.csiontario.ca






Media Contact:

Annie Goncin, Coordinator, Communications & Business Performance

Canadian Sport Institute Ontario


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