About Us

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is a non-profit organization recognized by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in Canada. RCA represents 15,000 registered members at all levels, novices, juniors, university students, seniors and masters, and people with disabilities, whether they row for recreation, health and fitness or competition.

RCA is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Fédération internationale des sociétés d'aviron (FISA), the international federation for rowing.

RCA was originally founded as "The Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen" in 1880 by the rowing clubs then in existence - to coordinate and regulate the sport of amateur rowing. In 1974 the name was changed to "The Canadian Amateur Rowing Association - Association Canadienne d'Aviron Amateur", which is still the legally constituted name, although Rowing Canada Aviron is now used as the operating name.

Our Mission

To BUILD, DRIVE AND INSPIRE growth and excellence within Canada's rowing community.

Our Mandate

RCA is empowered by its member rowing clubs to govern the sport of rowing in Canada and to develop the sport by all means open to it. It is committed to delivering value to its members in the key areas of:

  • governing the sport;
  • enhancing individual's competencies;
  • encouraging competition;
  • leading the sport in international competition;
  • promoting the sport; and
  • providing services to individual members.

Our Goals

2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a vision for 2024 and a strategic plan for 2017 - 2020.  The process, led by board member Andrew Fitzgerald and a volunteer committee is committed to engaging members and staff in the coming months as the plan is developed.

Some of the information in this survey is taken directly from the current RCA plan (attached: RCA Strategic Plan 2013-2016) and other information was provided by participants at a January 30th, 2016 consultation held during the RCA National Conference in Ottawa.

Your input to this process is vital.  Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey at the link below before Monday, February 22nd, 2016:


If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Committee members at: 

RCA Strategic Plan

Previous Plans & Reports

For more on RCA's current plan, please download this pdf file: RCA Strategic Plan 2013-2017.

2016 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report

Click here to download a copy of the 2016 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report.

2015 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report

Click here to download a copy of the 2015 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report.

2014 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report

Click here to download a copy of the 2014 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report.

2013 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report

Click here to download a copy of the 2013 Rowing Canada Aviron Annual Report.

Final Reports - 2013 RCA Annual General Meeting - January 26, 2014, London Ontario

Download here: RCA_AnnualGeneralMeetingReportPackage

RCA Finance Statement & Year End Projections November 2013

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)

Sport for Life - Photo by Kevin Light

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. LTAD is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

Learn more about the stages on the Canadian Sport for Life website.

Rowing Canada and CS4L

Rowing Canada Aviron’s updated Long-Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD), which was originally published in 2005, provides a consistent framework from which coaches, club administrators, provincial rowing associations and Rowing Canada Avrion can work.

This focus is on continuing to provide quality and developmentally appropriate rowing programs for our members. The model has been update to provide additional information, clearer direction, and to be more inclusive of adaptive rowers. A stage-by-stage approach for the psychological preparation of rowers has been added. You will also notice a competitive for life stage. This reflects the fact that many of our members compete but are not necessarily heading for a place on the national team.

Over the past years, LTAD concepts have been integrated and implemented in RCA programs. There is more sculling and small boat rowing for beginners and juniors. Rowing Canada’s National Rowing Championships have moved to the fall, thereby extending the rowing season. In the NCCP coaching programs (LTR, RCA Coach), there is considerable information about the types of training for the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages to assist coaches as they work with developing athletes. A number of Skills Events have been hosted and are considered to be of great value to emphasizing the importance of good boat handling skills before racing.

This updated document has been reviewed with the input of sport scientists and coaches from across the country. It continues to emphasize a long-term approach to athlete development, ensuring that coaches, parents, volunteers and administrators at the all levels understand the priority focus within each stage. It communicates a systematic and consistent approach to the development of athletes. It also recognizes the importance of participation in our sport for recreation and health, for competition and for high performance.

The model and the RCA Competition Review (2007) is to be used as a guide for coaches and administrators. This will assist them in understanding the importance of the development of rowing abilities and the types of competition that are appropriate to the rower’s stage of development. Using this approach, we believe that rowing will continue to attract more people to our sport and win medals in international competition.