Next Generation Program




The Ontario Curling Council is optimistic that the Covid-19 Pandemic will allow for a full “Return to Play” in September of 2021.  As a result, we are pleased to open intake to our Next Gen Program for the 2021-2022 Season, in an effort to support teams in their pursuit of curling excellence.

The Ontario Curling Council wishes to recognize the continued support of our stakeholders to this program and others:  The Government of Ontario, Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, Curling Canada, CurlON and Northern Ontario Curling Association.

Program Scope

The Ontario Curling Council will support ten (10) teams through its Next Gen Program.

Teams/Athletes should only apply if they are actively planning to train and compete for the 2021-2022 season.

Complete details are in the program package available to download lower down on this page. Click the graphic below.


Application Deadline: August 8th, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) and its membership, CurlON and the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) are committed to the growth and development of competitive athletes with the intent of putting Ontario and Northern Ontario athletes on national and international podiums for years to come.

The OCC is also working closely with Curling Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) to identify athletes who are specifically tracking towards potential Olympic podium performances in the next 2-3 quadrennials. The OCC will work in concert with Curling Canada to develop athletes and feed Curling Canada’s National Next Gen Program.

Already recognized as a National Best Practice, the OCC is continually reflecting on programming to ensure a best in class system.  Feedback is considered from:

  • Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan
  • Survey results obtained from this year’s High Performance Survey
  • General survey results obtained during Strategic Planning Initiatives
  • Feedback from our membership (CurlON and NOCA)
  • Performance/Engagement of teams within the program
  • Feedback and input from our funding partners (Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, Curling Canada, Membership).

 The Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team is responsible for developing team selection criteria.  When developed, the OCC (Board of Directors) approves the criteria.  The Operations team then applies the criteria for team selection.

*Members of the High Performance Team:

  • Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations, Ontario Curling Council (Ex-officio)
  • Heather Houston, Ontario Curling Council – Board Representative (Ex-officio)
  • Andrea Ronnebeck, Ontario Curling Council, Education Manager – North – Staff representative
  • Sean Turriff, Education Manager – South – Staff representative 
  • Ryan Lafraniere (Sudbury, ON)
  • Sherry Middaugh (Victoria Harbour, ON)
2021-2022 Next Gen Program 

Download the information by clicking the graphic.