For 50 years, Special Olympics Canada has enriched the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability – of all ages and skill levels – through the transformative power of sport.
Thousands of volunteers, coaches and officials across the country provide high-quality programming and services to Special Olympics athletes from age two to 70-plus, at both the recreational/community and competitive level.
Staying healthy and connected at home
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Special Olympics programming across Canada – weekly programs, competitions and fundraising events – has been suspended.
As an organization serving more than 41,000 athletes with an intellectual disability, with more than 17,600 volunteers, this measure was taken to limit any possible risk to members of our community.
For scheduling and program updates, please connect with your appropriate Chapter here:
For resources for staying healthy and connected at home click here:
Register as an athlete
Are you interested in signing up your child, loved one, or yourself for our world-class sport programs?
Special Olympics Canada offers more than 5,500 programs in communities across the country and welcomes all individuals with an intellectual disability from age two and up.
- Learn more about Active Start (for ages two to 6)
- Learn more about FUNdamentals (for ages seven to 12)
To find a program near you, visit your Provincial/Territorial Special Olympics chapter:
- Special Olympics British Columbia
- Special Olympics Alberta
- Special Olympics Saskatchewan
- Special Olympics Manitoba
- Special Olympics Ontario
- Special Olympics Quebec
- Special Olympics Newfoundland & Labrador
- Special Olympics New Brunswick
- Special Olympics Nova Scotia
- Special Olympics PEI
- Special Olympics Yukon
- Special Olympics Northwest Territories
Want to find out more about becoming a Special Olympics athlete?
Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Why become an athlete?
- Who can be a Special Olympics athlete?
- How do I register as an athlete?
- Is Special Olympics right for my child?
- What is my role as a family member or supporter?
- What can you tell me about community and competition programs?
- What sports does Special Olympics offer?
- What are the benefits of Special Olympics programs?
- What other resources exist for athletes and family members?
Become a volunteer
Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Canada.
The organization’s 21,000 volunteers enrich the lives of countless children, youth, and adults involved in Special Olympics programs.
If you’re interested in volunteering with an organization that changes attitudes and builds stronger communities across Canada, then join Special Olympics today. You will make a meaningful and lasting impact in many lives, including your own.
Special Olympics programs are rich with opportunities for rewarding volunteer experiences, from coaching to serving as an official, assisting with events, leading programs for young children or mentoring Athlete Leadership participants.
You don’t need to have previous experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability to apply.
Learn more about becoming a volunteer:
Become a coach or official
Quality volunteers and coaches are the most important part of Special Olympics programs.
Coaches give athletes the skills and encouragement they need to succeed and to live healthier, more confident lives.
Being a coach with Special Olympics is incredibly rewarding. With a passion for sport and the right level of sport knowledge, coaches have the opportunity to become leaders at all levels within the movement.
You don’t need to have previous experience working with individuals with an intellectual disability to join.
Learn more about becoming a coach or official:
- Coaching roles
- Requirements for coaches
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for coaches and officials
- Resources for coaches and officials