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Registration for the Spring 2024 session is closed!


Please contact us for more information about fall 2024 program options in your area.

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) Program?

ACE started as a 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. The highly successful ACE study finished in Spring 2024. We are continuing to offer the ACE program through the support of donations and program sponsors.  

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.


Exercise is not part of the routine clinical care of individuals with cancer in Alberta. 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. 

Edmonton/ Northern Alberta

2-50 Corbett Hall

University of Alberta

8205 114 St NW

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


Calgary/ Southern Alberta

Thrive Centre 

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
T: 1-403-210-8482

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

Generally ACE exercise programs are offered in the following locations 3 times per year: Winter (January - March), Spring (April - June), and Fall (September to December). Please CONTACT US for more detailed information for the current program offerings at your location.

      Edmonton, Red Deer and Grande Prairie  - options for fall programming will be made available in August 2024              Calgary and Lethbridge - programs for these cities are offered through the University of Calgary Thrive Centre.              Please click here for more information on rural programs offered through EXCEL. 

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