Elevating People & Performances
We deliver best-in-class sport science, sport medicine, and pathway support for Olympic and Paralympic partners.
To be world leading performance services experts.
We are passionate about what we do.
We take care of each other and embrace a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment.
We collaborate to build productive and integrated relationships.
We are transparent and accountable for our actions.
We welcome and provide respectful, timely feedback.
The CSIO History
The National Sport Centre – Toronto is established to support high performance athletes by providing sport science and sport medicine services across the province. The National Coaching Institute Program (now known as the NCCP Advanced Coaching Diploma Program) was offered to support high performance coaches interested in coaching at a more advanced level.
2005 – 2006
The National Sport Centre – Toronto is rebranded as Canadian Sport Centre Ontario and hires its first full-time sport scientist. There are now over 50 full-time CSIO employees working to support Ontario’s high performance athletes and coaches.
Canadian Sport Centre Ontario moves to a new location at 12 Concorde Place in Toronto, complete with a small strength and conditioning space and testing lab.
On November 6, 2009, Toronto is awarded the right to host the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The legacy plan includes the creation of the first facility-based sport institute in Ontario.
CSIO launched the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI), a program designed to identify and support Ontario athletes best capable of achieving future international success on senior national teams in targeted winter and summer Olympic and Paralympic sports.
Photo Courtesy: Athletics Canada
CSIO moves into it’s world-class sport institute at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on August 1, 2014. CSIO’s. The sport institute features over 23,000 sqft of dedicated space for high performance athletes and coaches. A state of the art daily training environment, athletic testing and research facility, and adminsitrative space.
Canadian Sport Centre Ontario is officially recognized as a sport institute by Own the Podium and Sport Canada on October 17, 2014 and rebrands as Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.
The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute (COPSI) Network is formed to strengthen and align Canada’s high performance sport system. The agreement is a partnership between the Canadian Sport Institutes (Pacific, Calgary, Ontario, Quebec), Canadian Sport Centres (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Atlantic), the Canadian Olympic Committee, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Toronto successfully hosts the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. CSIO affiliated athletes win 34 Pan Am medals (15 Gold, 6 Silver, 13 Bronze) and 15 Parapan Am medals (3 Gold, 10 Silver, 2 Bronze) on home soil.
CSIO is fully operational at its headquarters at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and satellite facility at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.
CSIO affiliated athletes have a remarkable Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. CSIO supported athletes brought home 13 Olympic medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver, 7 Bronze), including breakthrough performances – in the pool from Penny Oleksiak (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze) and on the track from Andre De Grasse (1 Silver, 2 Bronze).
Photo Courtesy: Swimming Canada
CSIO hosts welcome home Rio Celebration event, emceed by legendary broadcaster Scott Russell, unveiling CSIO’s Athlete Banners and Wall of Honour recognizing the achievements of CSIO affiliated medallists at Olympic and Paralympic Games.
CSIO, in partnership with Canadian Paralympic Committee, hosts most successful IPC VISTA Conference to date with over 300 sport scientists and researchers from 41 countries in attendance.
Following the unprecedented declaration of a global pandemic and lockdown, CSIO successfully advocates the provincial government to re-open in June under their High Performance Exemption for athletes training for the next summer or winter Olympic or Paralympic Games. CSIO re-opens under strict health and safety protocols.
CSIO affiliated athletes bring home 19 of Team Canada’s 24 medals from the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Penny Oleksiak becomes Canada’s Most Decorated Olympian of All Time and Andre De Grasse becomes Canada’s Most Decorated Male Olympian of All Time, following multiple medal performances from both at the Games.
Photo Credit: Nathan White / Swimming Canada
The Strategic Plan 2022-2025 focuses on the symbiotic relationship between development and performance, with our people at the core of what we value and enveloped by our organizational sustainability practices. All members of our team contributed to our 4 strategic priorities, our desired achievements, and our major initiatives. Contributions were in the form of an open call to provide input into our SWOT analysis, business team meetings, small group meetings and ongoing input from CSIO’s internal Vision and Strategic Advisory Committee. We also sought feedback from partners and individuals external to the CSIO team.
We implemented an open and transparent process in creating the plan that is indicative of our values – Commitment, Synergy, Integrity, and Openness. All our team members and our partners are part of the puzzle, working toward the common purpose of elevating people and performances.
We operate with sound internal infrastructure and productive business relationships.
Hours of Athlete Support Annually
Coach & Technical Leaders Supported
Medals by CSIO Affiliated Athletes at Tokyo 2020
NSO / PSO Sport Partners
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People are at the centre of what we do. Our staff provide best-in-class support for the athletes, coaches, and sport partners that we work with –constantly striving to elevate pe...
CSIO is proud to work with all of our partners – it is because of their support that we can continue to elevate people and performances.