Update – Fall Online Classes

Registration is now open for Fall Live Online Classes.
Interactive small group instruction. Weekly classes available at all levels for daytime, weeknights, and weekends!

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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

Start of Summer Chess Tournament!

On Saturday June 27 at 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern, join us for our first chess tournament for young players across Canada!

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Summer Camp 2020

Spots are still available for our Virtual Summer Chess Camp - online chess lessons, activities and chess fun for all ages and levels! No physical chess sets are required.

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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.