The Athlete Assistance Program (AAP) is a national-level funding program designed to contribute toward improved Canadian performances at major international sporting events such as the Olympic/Paralympic Games and World Championships. To this end, the AAP identifies and provides funding directly to athletes for the carding cycle who have demonstrated an ability to finish in the Top 16 of the fleet counting a maximum of 3 entries per country and finish in the top half of the overall fleet at the Senior World Championships or an Olympic Games.

Athletes who are approved for AAP support are referred to as Carded Athletes. AAP support is known as Carding.

AAP funding is intended to contribute to an athlete’s living and training costs. It is not intended to serve as an athlete’s sole source of income.

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