Bringing Chess to Life

For over a thousand years, the game of chess has drawn a devoted following in nations all around the globe. And yet its true potential as an educational tool has only more recently begun to be realized. Chess Institute of Canada is a world leader in curriculum-based scholastic chess programming, where the ancient game is used as a vehicle for delivering profound life lessons for the challenges of today.

Discover a sense
of determination
and self-control

Gain new
goal-setting and
problem-solving skills

Develop respect
and resilience

Have fun and
make new friends
along the way

Making a Difference

Beyond spatial thinking and sportsmanship, CIC chess programs change the way players think about themselves, the situations they’re in, and the choices that lie ahead – while they are engaged and inspired by everything this mental martial art has to offer. We’d love to show you more about the life-changing impact of our chess programs!

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Innovative Outreach

Our life-changing intervention programs help people of all ages overcome a variety of challenges.

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For Schools

See the difference chess can make for your students with one of our scholastic programs.

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For Parents

Sign up with us today! Select from upcoming tournaments, chess camps, and school clubs.

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Latest News & Events

Chess Theatre at Chessfest 2019

As part of Chessfest 2019, we are proud to present Caïssa, a chess clown play where a chess clown meets Caïssa, the goddess of chess.

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Harbourfront Centre Chessfest 2019

Bring everyone down to the waterfront for this free, family-friendly event! Register for the Chessfest Children's tournament.

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Support Our Effort

There are many opportunities to support various facets of our mission. High school volunteers are welcome role models and helpers at our camps, chess clubs, and tournaments. Congregations and community groups can adopt a school chess program in their neighbourhood. And we rely on regular annual, monthly, and one-time donors to keep bringing our invaluable programs to the individuals and communities that need them most.