About Us

Who We Are

CSIO is a best-in-class sport institute that strives to elevate people and performances in the pursuit of building champions. We are committed to working synergistically with our partners, with integrity and openness, to contribute to Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic podium performances.

CSIO Building Exterior at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
OUR PURPOSE

Elevating People & Performances

OUR MISSION

We deliver best-in-class sport science, sport medicine, and pathway support for Olympic and Paralympic partners.

OUR VISION

To be world leading performance services experts.

Our Values

  • Commitment

    We are passionate about what we do.

    We take care of each other and embrace a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment.

  • Synergy

    We collaborate to build productive and integrated relationships.

  • Integrity

    We are transparent and accountable for our actions.

  • Openness

    We welcome and provide respectful, timely feedback.

Female athlete sprinting on indoor track.

The CSIO History

1998

1998

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.

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2005 – 2006

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.

12 Concorde Place Office Building
2008

2008

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.

2009

2009

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.

Damian Warner
2010

2010

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 Gym
2014

2014

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.

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2014

2014

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.

COPSI Logo Lockup
2015

2015

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.

Andre De Grasse at Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.
2015

2015

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.

Track cycling
2015

2015

CSIO is fully operational at its headquarters at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and satellite facility at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

Penny Oleksiak
2016

2016

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
Derek Drouin at Wall of Honour
2016

2016

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.

2017

2017

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.

Pandemic Testing
2020

2020

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.

2021

2021

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

Strategic Plan

Our Purpose

Elevating People and Performances

Best-in-class support for the holistic performance, health, and wellness development of athletes and coaches.

Where Next?

Our People

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...

Our Partners

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.

Our Facilities

Our best-in-class facilities provide Ontario and Canadian high performance athletes with access to premier daily training environments and support from CSIO’s team of practitione...