Government of New Brunswick


The New Brunswick Athlete Assistance Program (NBAAP) provides direct financial assistance to New Brunswick high performance athletes who have achieved significant results at the junior/senior national and/or international level in their pursuit of athletic excellence; or have demonstrated the potential to earn a place on a Canadian National Senior or Junior team in the near future. Funding of the NBAAP is provided by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture – Sport and Recreation Branch. The effective delivery of the NBAAP is based on a partnership between the department and the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic and relies heavily on input from the national and provincial sport organizations.


Only athletes who have the potential to make the national senior or junior team in the near future will be considered for this program.

Athletes must:
- Be involved in a year-round training and competition plan, competing in national and/or international competition;
- Be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status;
- Be a New Brunswick athlete;
- Not be receiving athlete assistance funding from another province or territory;
- Not be on the list of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) for any doping or doping related offence

Athletes not eligible for this program include:
* athletes who compete only in masters events (Active for life);
* athletes who compete in sports or sport disciplines which do not have a recognized national team program (i.e.: athletes who compete at a national championship and proceed directly to an international competition without going through a selection process);
• Any athlete who fails to demonstrate reasonable progression along the NSO pathway towards a national team;

A New Brunswick athlete is defined as someone who is:
Registered with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) in New Brunswick (if there is no PSO in New Brunswick, the athlete must be registered with their National Sport Organization);
Training in the province of NB and has been training in the province for at least 8 months, registered with their New Brunswick Provincial Sport Organization and represents New Brunswick at national competitions.
Training outside of the province because he / she is attending a post-secondary institution out-of-province throughout the full academic year or is attending a national training center, or is unable to receive the required level of training in New Brunswick

Athletes training outside of the province must maintain strong ties to the province of New Brunswick (e.g., born in NB, lived a considerable amount of time in NB, primary residence in New Brunswick, parent/guardian(s) still live in NB, etc…) and have not made another Province or Territory their permanent residence.


The program aims to assist athletes towards a podium finish at a Major International Games or World Single Sport Championship. Funding is provided to New Brunswick's top senior and junior athletes. Preference is given to applicants who are competing in a sport and discipline featured in a major games (Olympics/Paralympics/Pan Americans/Parapan American/Commonwealth). Support is provided to off-set training and competition expenses. Individual athlete applications are generally coordinated and reviewed by an evaluation committee before being evaluated by the provincial sport organization (PSO) and the national sport organization (NSO). Athletes can apply directly to the Sport and Recreation Branch.

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