CanSkate: Learn to Skate or Improve Your Skating in Downtown Toronto


Learn to skate or improve your skating, in downtown Toronto

Whatever your age — or your skating goals — CanSkate will give you or your skater the fundamentals needed to achieve them:

  • Learn to skate
  • Improve edge control and stopping skills
  • Prepare for figure skating

From recreational skaters to NHL players to Olympic figure and speed skaters, Skate Canada’s CanSkate program has taught generations of Canadians how to skate.

Lesson structure

  • 45 minutes in small groups, organized by skill level
  • Skaters progress at their own pace through six levels—from the very basics of standing on skates all the way to crossovers, power stops, and basic jumps and spins
  • Skaters can join at any point during the season (but we don’t pro-rate prices)
  • New skaters will be placed in a group appropriate to their skills
  • For our youth program, our normal skater to coach ratio is 8:1


We do not rent or sell equipment. Please come prepared for your lesson with:

  1. Properly-fitted skates — they can be recreational, figure, or hockey skates. Recreational or figure skates are easier to learn on, but hockey skates are just fine. Please make sure you get them sharpened before the first day of class, and then again after every 30 hours of skating.
  2. A CSA-approved hockey helmet manufactured in the last 5 years (the manufacture date is on the sticker on the back). Our insurance requires that hockey helmets be mandatory for all ages, and no other type of helmet can be used! If you buy your helmet used, please ensure it has a sticker and that you’ve checked the date.
  3. Gloves or mittens.
  4. Warm, athletic clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in.

Age requirements

Ages 4 to 17: Register for CanSkate as a Youth
Ages 18+: Register for CanSkate as an Adult
ALL Skaters MUST be able to walk on skates and get up on their own!

COVID-19 protocols mean that, this year, skaters MUST be able to walk on skates and get up on their own after a fall, as coaches cannot help due to physical distancing!

Fall 2021/Winter 2022

Moss Park Arena

24 weekly lessons: Oct 15 – Apr 10, except Dec 20 – Jan 4

Time Location Youth (4-17) Adult (18+)
Friday 6:15pm – 7:00pm Moss Park $480 $495
Sunday 3:00pm – 3:45pm Moss Park $480 $495
Sunday 4:15pm – 5:00pm Moss Park $480 $495
    Registration Opens Oct 6 at 10:00 AM
IMPORTANT: COVID Protocols at Moss Park Arena
  • Masks must be worn by all on the ice during CanSkate sessions.
  • Masks must be worn by all off the ice – in dressing rooms, on the stands, in the waiting area.
  • CanSkaters must be able to walk on skates and get up on their own after a fall, as CanSkate coaches will not be in physical contact with the skaters.
  • Only one adult per household may accompany skater(s) under the age of 18.
  • Everyone 12 years and older entering Moss Park Arena must show certification that they received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their attendance, along with ID that matches their vaccination document.

Mattamy Athletic Center

19 lessons: Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19

Time Location Youth (4-17) Adult (18+)
Saturday 10:00am – 10:45am Mattamy $399 sold out
Saturday 10:45am – 11:30am Mattamy sold out sold out
    Shop CanSkate at Mattamy

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 protocols mean that, this year, skaters MUST be able to walk on skates and get up on their own after a fall, as coaches cannot help due to physical distancing!

IMPORTANT: COVID Protocols at Mattamy

Everyone visiting the facility is required to show proof of being fully vaccinated upon entry (this does not apply to patrons under the age of 12 but it does apply to their 1 accompanying parent/guardian).

  • No spectators are permitted, other than up to one (1) accompanying parent, guardian, or other adult for each athlete under the age of 18.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times while inside the facility, except for when engaging in activity on the ice.
  • Dressing rooms are available; however showers are not available for use.
  • Capacity in dressing rooms is 15 people per room.
  • All visitors to the Mattamy Athletic Centre are required to sign in prior to arrival at the facility.
    • This can be done via downloading the RyersonSafe App.
    • If you do not wish to download the app, you can also access the required health screening by visiting the RyersonSafe Health Screening
    • The Ryerson contact email to be used is After you complete the web form, an email confirmation of your screening result will be sent to you from This email can be used as proof of screening completion.
  • All guests must arrive at the facility a maximum of 30 minutes before their booking and leave no later than 30 minutes after the booking has ended.
  • User groups are responsible for their own equipment, which all should be disinfected prior to arrival.
  • All attendees (players, coaches, parents if applicable) are required to use the RU Screening App and show the completed screening questionnaire upon arrival in order to gain entrance to the facility. In addition to screening, we will also require attestation of vaccination status upon arrival.

Please take some time to review the list below and also download the RyersonSafe App or familiarize yourself with the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage.

Need financial help?

If you are on a low or fixed income, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program may be able to help cover some or all of the program fees for your children.

The fine print
  • You may only skate in the time slot(s) you register for (we cannot offer makeups for missed lessons).
  • All skaters must have a valid Skate Canada membership (one will be added to your cart, if we don’t have one on file). Annual Skate Canada memberships are valid from September to August, and are non-refundable.
  • If you wish to withdraw before the first day of the season, we will refund the program fees, less a $25 administration fee. Skate Canada membership fees are non-refundable.
  • On or after the first day of the season, we can offer no refunds.
  • Permanent transfers to a different time slot will incur a $25 administration fee, and can only be done if the other time slot has space.
  • You cannot transfer between Moss Park Arena and Mattamy Athletic Centre.
  • Should you become injured during the season, we may offer credit against future registrations. Sufficient medical documentation must be provided, and credits may expire if not used within a reasonable span of time. All such credits are at the discretion of the Board of Directors.