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Ski-orienteering Selection Policy

Ski-Orienteering Selection Policy

This selection policy applies to Canadian athletes wanting to represent Canada at the following ski-orienteering championships:

  • World Ski Orienteering Championships
  • Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships
  • Ski Orienteering World Cups

The schedule for these upcoming events can be found on the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) website:

If you are interested in representing Canada at any of the above ski-orienteering events, please send an application to Orienteering Canada by August 31 prior to the winter ski-o season. (Late applications may be considered.)

Your application must include information about:

  1. Your cross-country skiing experience, your orienteering experience and your ski-orienteering experience, including any recent relevant results;
  2. A statement confirming that you are a Canadian citizen ;
  3. A statement confirming that you are a member in good standing of an orienteering club affiliated with a provincial/territorial orienteering association that is affiliated with Orienteering Canada;
  4. Your year of birth;
  5. A statement explaining which long term athlete development (LTAD) stage you are in.

All athletes and team officials will be responsible for all costs related to the trip, such as travel, food, equipment, accommodation and entry fees. Orienteering Canada does not provide a ski-orienteering uniform.


  1. All competitors must meet International Orienteering Federation (IOF) eligibility requirements, including having “full passport-holding citizenship” of Canada.
  2. The Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships are for athletes between the ages of 17 and 20 in the year of the competition. This age requirement is aligned with the Learn to Compete stage of Orienteering Canada’s LTAD program. Athletes who do not meet the minimum age requirement may apply per the application process but, in addition to the listed application requirements, the athlete must also submit:
    1. A letter explaining why the athlete feels they have the required level of technical and physical preparedness, and the maturity to be considered;
    2. Two letters of reference (from non-relations) that can speak to the athlete’s character and maturity (does not have to be from orienteers).

All selected athletes will be required to sign a version of the Orienteering Canada Athlete Agreement. All athletes and team officials are bound by all of Orienteering Canada’s policies including, but not limited to, the Discipline & Complaints policy, Social Media policy and Code of Conducts & Ethics.

A selection committee appointed by the Orienteering Canada President or his/her designate will evaluate all applications received and will notify all applicants directly by September 30th. The selection committee will use their discretion to select athletes to compete at these events.

Late applications may be considered. Early application and notification of selection may also be granted in exceptional circumstances in which the athlete requires notification of selection prior to September 30th. The athlete submitting an early or late application should explain the reason for the exception with their application.

Please email your application information to

November 2016 newsletter is here


The latest Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

2016, November Vol 17:

Controller’s Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
ParticipACTION Playlist
KidsCAN Day- An Interview with Tori Owen
Coach Communiqué
Orienteering on Heartland
World Masters in New Zealand
Halloween Pumpkin Contest
Photo-O Puzzle
Around the Refreshment Table
From the Archives
Contacting Orienteering Canada

Orienteering Canada’s newsletter archive is here.



Rule Revision underway

Every two years, Orienteering Canada’s Technical Committee conducts a review of the Orienteering Canada rules. The technical committee would like to complete this review by the end of this year so any revisions can be made early in 2017 for the 2017 season. If you have any particular items, questions or suggestions for things the Technical Committee should look at in the rules, please email technical AT orienteering DOT ca before the end of November.

High Performance Program Applications Due Nov 25

The High Performance Program (HPP) is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The deadline to apply for the 2017 High Performance Program is Nov 25, 2016.


  • Nov 25: Submission deadline for Application Package
  • Dec 5: Interim Acceptance
  • Dec 31: Confirmation

Further details of the application process are outlined in the Athletes Handbook. As such the Athletes’ HandbookHPP Application Package and Athlete Agreement  have now all been published on the High Performance Program page.

All athletes wishing to compete at the World Orienteering Championships, World Games, World University Champs and JWOC  or in World Cup races MUST be members of the HPP.

Vote to get Orienteering on ParticipACTION's #150playlist


To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION is creating the ultimate list of all the physical activities that make us Canadian. It’s called the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and we need to make sure orienteering is on it! Together we can show Canadians why we love orienteering so much, generate interest and hopefully get more Canadians being physically active and playing.

Go to and vote for orienteering because only 150 activities will make the final list. (Find orienteering on the list, a select it so that there is an orienteering heart. If you see the orange heart, you have voted)

Throughout 2017, ParticipACTION will challenge Canadians to do all 150 activities for the chance to win incredible prizes. This will be a great chance to promote orienteering to Canadians so please do vote, and vote often between now and December 9th when voting closes. Help us spread the word.