Enrollment for Spring 2021 is now open! 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all programming will continue to be delivered virtually for this upcoming session.

Please find the program information for your location below.

You can contact us to enrol in the Spring session or for more information.

Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors

Alberta-based study evaluating the benefits of exercise for individuals after a cancer diagnosis  

What is the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Study?

ACE is a 5-year study evaluating the benefit from, and implementation of, an Alberta wide clinic-to-community-based cancer and exercise model of care – the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program.

Why is ACE being offered? 

Cancer treatments will often cause side effects that can impact your daily activities, physical function, well-being and, quality of life.

Strong research evidence supports the benefit of exercise to improve symptoms related to cancer at every stage of treatment and recovery.

Regular exercise helps to:

  • Improve your energy level.

  • Reduce cancer-related fatigue.

  • Maintain and improve strength.

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion.

  • Improve balance and lower your risk of falls.

  • Maintain independence and normal daily activities.

  • Improve your mental health and self-esteem.

  • Improve your quality of life.


Until now, in Alberta, exercise has not been part of the routine clinical care of individuals with cancer.  The Alberta Cancer Exercise program was developed to provide this service, and to help individuals with cancer to better withstand and recover from cancer treatment.  

What does ACE involve?

ACE is a free 12-week community-based exercise program designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. ACE exercise instructors have received cancer-specific education and training. 


2-50 Corbett Hall

University of Alberta

8205 114 St NW

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G4
T: 1-780-492-6007

Toll free: 1-888-452-6875
E: frmace@ualberta.ca


Thrive Centre 

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
T: 1-403-210-8482
E: ace@ucalgary.ca

"This is a wonderful program. Not only for returning to health after cancer, but just for regular living."

Click on the cities below for detailed information on class locations, times & dates.

The program information for Spring 2021 has now been updated for each site below!



Red Deer


Grande Prairie

Medicine Hat & Fort McMurray - programs now offered through the EXCEL Study

The EXCEL Study - is offering exercise programs for cancer survivors who live in smaller, rural, and remote communities across the province. Please click here for more information.

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