NEW: Canada Basketball Verification Program for Clubs

On Friday, Canada Basketball announced the launch of the Canada Basketball Verification Program to guide all basketball associations across Canada towards best principles and practices for organizational development, both on and off the court.

The Canada Basketball Verification Program is a new program that has been developed in a partnership between the Ontario Basketball Association and Canada Basketball. It is available to all basketball clubs, associations, and community groups in Ontario and in Canada. The program raises standards to guide all associations across the country towards best principles and practices for organizational development.

The Verification Program integrates important aspects of coaching, Safe Sport, and organizational leadership. Becoming Verified encourages basketball providers to add accountability to their mandates providing a welcoming, safe, and developmentally appropriate environment for all players and members.

If you provide basketball opportunities for players in Ontario, this program is for you. The program is founded on three pillars of success:

  • Safe Sport & EDI (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion)
  • Technical Skills
  • Governance & Administration

These pillars have been established as the foundation for standards for all Verified organizations. Athletes, parents, coaches, officials, and organizers can have confidence their Verified organization’s alignment with best practices for basketball programming in Canada.

Verified programs are recognized for being leaders in Safe Sport, as well as their commitment to excellence and best practices. Aligning these best practices across Ontario and Canada will allow us all to drive positive changes and provide the best experience possible for our members.

Benefits to Your Organization and Your Members

As a Verified Organization, your club/association and its members will receive benefits that will help provide the best experience for all participants. Benefits include:

  • Brand your organization with the official Verified logo
  • Recognition of your club/association on the Canada Basketball website
  • Discounts on Canada Basketball merchandise
  • Discounts on Coach Education and Officials Development events
  • Reassurance of best practices and Safe Sport training amongst all Verified organizations
  • Policies and by-laws to strengthen your organization’s governance and structure
  • Access to OBA sanctioned competitions
  • Exclusive access to Canada Basketball hosted webinars and online learning opportunities
  • OBA program benefits and discounts
  • Guidance on enhanced club operations and best practices to continually improve your program delivery

For more information on the Canada Basketball Verified Program, including how to apply, visit

Canada Basketball Verification Program – Information Sessions for OBA Clubs

Canada Basketball is hosting two webinars to introduce OBA member clubs to the program and answer any questions Club Administrators and Club Presidents may have. Webinars will be conducted via Zoom on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, both at 7:00PM EST.