Skate Ontario × Communiti Pilot Program
Welcome to the Skate Ontario × Communiti pilot program page. Here you can find all the information pertaining to the program if you are interested in participating.
What is the Skate Ontario × Communiti Pilot Program?
The Skate Ontario × Communiti pilot program is a partnered initiative between the two organizations.
The pilot's primary goal to grow skating in Ontario by making it easier to find, register and participate in skating by having it's programs listed and more easily accessible through a mobile application, powered by Communiti.
For skating clubs, participating in this program aims to allow clubs to add additional channels and reach a wider audience of new skaters to find and learn about them. Additionally, Communiti's mobile application aims to reduce the technology burdens of clubs so they can focus less on administering.
For more information, read below on how participating will benefit your club, or if you'd like to apply, fill out our application form at the bottom of this page.
Facebook Live Announcement
The partnership and launch of this pilot program will be announced on January 24th, 2022 on one of Skate Ontario's Facebook Live broadcasts. Join in here at 7pm, on January 24th to listen to Skate Ontario's Executive Director, Lisa Alexander share her thoughts on how she believes this partnership will help connect to a new generation of skaters.
How skating clubs will benefit
Participating in the pilot program results in the following benefits for skating clubs:
✓ Free access to Communiti: a new and exciting mobile app to list skating clubs and their programs and reach a wider audience
✓ Seamless payment processing from participants and payouts directly to club bank accounts
✓ In-app communications to easily provide updates and chat function between members and their clubs
✓ Free social media visibility and marketing assets for clubs from Skate Ontario and Communiti
✓ Direct access to developers to provide feedback and customize the app to help your club
How Communiti is helping the skating community
Part of Communiti's mission is to make learning and play sports easily available to everyone. This is why in addition to the pilot program, Communiti, a Glide sponsor, is also introducing the Communiti Loves Skating Fund.
The Communiti Loves Skating Fund which will be dedicated to helping expand the participation in skating across the province by various means. Communiti will donate 10% of the value of all skating program bookings made on the app through the pilot program towards the fund.
How your skaters will benefit
For skaters and parents who register with clubs through the Communiti App:
✓ Easy way to research and find a club that is the right fit based on price, location, and programs
✓ Easily pay for programs within the app; no need to worry about fumbling with your wallet
✓ In-app communications allow members to chat directly with administrators
✓ Discount codes from Communiti to subsidize skating program costs
✓ Skaters who register for a program through the app will be entered into a contest to win one of three cash prizes of $500 at the end of the pilot program
✓ For every booking made on the app during the pilot program Communiti will donate 10% of the program value to the Communiti Loves Skating Fund
Participate in our pilot program
Excited? So are we!
Before we proceed there are a few things you'll need to be aware of and commit to if you would like to participate in the pilot:
Terms of Participation
▢ Attend a 30 minute online introductory session
▢ Attend a 45 minute onboarding and education session
▢ Be willing to list a CANSKATE program from their club on the Communiti App for 6 months
* clubs list their programs at their regular rates and will receive full payment, however, Communiti adds an additional fee that is passed onto the skater
▢ Be willing to have an open mind and provide feedback to help improve the app and overall process on a regular cadence
Application Process & Timelines
Applications are now open. Please note the timelines below are tentative and subject to change based on Provincial guidelines.
February 11th, 2022 - last day to submit an application
February 18th, 2022 - selected clubs will be notified of their acceptance in the pilot program
Week of February 21st - online information session
Week of February 28th - onboarding and education sessions for selected clubs