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Make new friends, learn new skills, and be a part of a community of support by becoming a Canucks Autism Network member today.
At Canucks Autism Network, we value a sense of belonging where all families are welcome and appreciated and support one another through shared experience. We believe in every individual’s ability and welcome children, youth and young adults across the autism spectrum.
A child with autism ice skates under the watch of a support worker in our I CAN Skate program.
A child with autism and his support worker laughing together in our Overnight Camp program.

Canucks Autism Network Membership

To access Canucks Autism Network (CAN) programs, families must first complete an online membership application that includes an annual fee of $25 per individual with autism. Once members, families and individuals can participate in programs and events at highly subsidized rates thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors. Members can also take advantage of CAN Membership Benefits.

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for a CAN Membership, individuals and families must ensure they meet the following criteria:

  1. An individual in the immediate family (i.e. a son or daughter, or the individual who is registering) must be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome. We adjust our level of support based on the needs of each participant.
  2. Individuals and families wishing to register must live in British Columbia, Canada.

How do I sign-up as a member?

To sign-up for a CAN membership, individuals and families must first complete the online membership application.

Once the application is complete, individuals and families are responsible for submitting the following to the CAN office (101-2020 Yukon St, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 3N8) within 10 days of completing their application:

  1. Proof of the individual(s) ASD diagnosis.
    The diagnosis must be a physician-signed document that clearly states that the individual is on the Autism Spectrum. The documentation may include the original assessment (the first and final two pages of the assessment usually meet the requirements) or a physician/psychiatrist signed note.
  2. Photos of each individual registered with the CAN Membership (including those without an autism diagnosis).
    Photos are used for internal purposes only and may be uploaded online through the individual/family’s CAN membership account.
  3. An annual membership fee of $25 for each registered participant with autism.This fee may be paid in any of the following ways:
    a. Through autism funding provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development
    b. Via credit card through the online CAN membership account
    c. By cheque, mailed to the CAN office (101-2020 Yukon St, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 3N8)
    d. With cash at the CAN office (101-202 Yukon St, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 3N8)

Once the online application is complete, CAN members may begin registering for programs and taking advantage of CAN Membership Benefits.

Getting Started


CAN members can request a space in our programs and family events during specified registration periods throughout the year using their online membership account.

Stay informed about upcoming registration dates, giveaways, events and program updates by referring to the following sources of information:

1. Free Monthly Email Newsletter 
Upon signing up for a CAN membership, you will begin to receive monthly email newsletters that contain information about upcoming registration dates, events and programs. The CAN newsletter is typically sent out in the first week of each month, and new members are encouraged to add [email protected] to their email contacts list to ensure the newsletter is not sent to junk.

2. CAN Website
The website will always have the most up-to-date information about registration, program structure, supports provided, and age requirements, as well as other helpful resources.

3. CAN Facebook Page
By liking the CAN Facebook page, you will receive valuable information and updates on programs and events as well as opportunities to enter contests and giveaways for Canucks tickets and other great prizes.

Completing Registration

Once you find a program you would like to register for, you will be required to log into your online account during the registration period to complete your online program registration.

To ensure that as many unique individuals as possible are accommodated, Canucks Autism Network uses a Pending Enrollment registration process (not a first-come, first-served system). This process ensures that all participants have a fair chance of accessing a program.

After registration closes, CAN staff review the lists of interested participants and email all participants regarding their registration status (either Pending or Confirmed).

To learn how to view your program registration in your online account, please review our step-by-step screenshots of the Program Registration Process.

Membership FAQs

Where are programs offered?

Canucks Autism Network delivers programs across the Lower Mainland as well as in Kamloops, Kelowna, Victoria, Nanaimo, and the Cowichan Valley. All program locations, dates, and times, are available in our seasonal leisure guidesTraining opportunities are available across British Columbia.

Why don't you offer programs in my community?

We are always looking to increase our impact across the province. When we enter new communities, we consider the following criteria:

  • The number of families living with autism in the area
  • Potential  support from community partners (e.g., recreation centres who are able to host the program, organizations interested in partnering with us to deliver the program)
  • Local donor or funding support
  • Availability of staff and volunteers
  • Other similar programs that are already being offered in the region
Do you charge for your programs?

Some programs require members to pay a highly subsidized fee as a means to ensure program sustainability. Along with traditional payment options, we accept Autism Funding and sporting grants, including JumpStart and KidSport.

What if I can't afford to pay for a program fee?
Why don't you support all disabilities?

Since its inception in 2008, the Canucks Autism Network has been dedicated to providing high-quality programs that have been specifically designed and adapted for individuals living with autism. In addition, much of the funding we receive is specific to autism programming.

 

My child is non-verbal. Can he/she participate in CAN programs?

Absolutely! We welcome individuals across the autism spectrum and utilize a variety of strategies and a range of supports including visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems and social stories, to ensure that every participant is successful on their own terms. We can also adjust our ratio of staffing to ensure that your child is well supported.

Do you accept children who can be aggressive towards others during a meltdown?

Of course. Be assured that with parent collaboration and open communication, our experienced support team and highly trained staff are equipped to manage manage types of challenging behaviours.

Can all ages participate in your programs?

Most programs are catered to the following age groups:

  • Early years: Ages 3-6
  • Children: Ages 7-12
  • Youth: Ages 13-17
  • Young Adults: Ages 18+

You can sort by age and region on the CAN registration website for most up-to-date age groups.

Why did my child end up on a wait list?

Registration decisions are based on a variety of factors including the overall demand for a program, a participant’s registration history, and a family’s ability to access programming.

Demand for most programs is quite high, therefore, participants will not be accommodated into every program they wish to attend. At Canucks Autism Network, our goal is to accommodate as many unique individuals into programs as possible, and registration decisions are made with this objective in mind.

 

I would like to request a different program time. How do I make the request?
Will I get to meet Vancouver Canucks players?

At times, Vancouver Canucks players may be present at CAN programs or events, however, we ask that families allow the players to participate in the activity and do not ask for photos or autographs.

Can I get tickets to a Vancouver Canucks game?

Although our founders are the co-owners of the Vancouver Canucks, we are a non-profit organization and a separate entity from Canucks Sports and Entertainment.

Occasionally, we will receive complimentary tickets to games and they are offered to our members through a lottery system on Facebook. To ensure that you do not miss out on ticket giveaways and other important information, please follow us on Facebook.

Tell Us Your Story

We are continually inspired by the strength, determination, and resilience of the individuals and families living with autism who make up our network.

Do you have a story that you would like to share? We would love to hear about your journey with autism, whether as a parent, an individual on the spectrum, an employer, teacher, friend or other. Has Canucks Autism Network positively impacted you?