Currently ranked 18th in the world, Canada has taken many steps forward since it began international competition in 1959. Results of note include fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, bronze at the 1999 Pan American Games, plus numerous World Cup and World Championship berths and top-three NORCECA Championship finishes.
2007 saw a long-awaited return to the prestigious FIVB World League, but numerous injuries to its veterans and starters dealt a devastating blow to their goal of a second place finish in their pool. Injuries continued to plague the squad throughout 2007, however, its youngsters proved their worth, producing an impressive second place finish at the 2007 FISU Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
A disappointing end to the last quadrennial was evident when Canada failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but that has been put in the past and the team is now focused on new goals. Still under the guidance of Glenn Hoag, the team is re-energized and motivated like never before. They qualified for and competed in the 2010 World Championship in Italy, but after drawing a very tough pool and defeating Serbia, Canada wasn't able to carry the momentum and lost to Germany to finish fourth in their group to crash out in 19th place.
Canada started their 2011 season by finishing third at the 2011 Pan Am Cup in Gatineau, Canada and in doing so earned their chance to qualify for the 2012 World League, which they did by beating Slovakia and then Puerto Rico.
At the 2011 NORCECA Championship, Canada was looking at their first opportunity to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but were beaten to a top-two spot by Cuba in the semifinals before beating the Puerto Ricans to bronze.