COVID-19 Information and Resources

The health and well-being of our members, including athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers, continues to be our number one priority. Visit this page frequently to view our phased-in Return to Sport guidelines and stay up to date on the impact of COVID-19 on our programs, services, and events.

Return to Sport

Current as of September 22, 2021

Ontario has now adopted a 3-STEP COVID-19 response framework. Reopening Ontario |
Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen is a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures, based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

Additionally, Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 will provide liability protection to individuals, businesses, and other organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure-related lawsuits. Please ensure you follow the guidelines specific to your region.

ONPARA’s STEP 3: Indoor Training & Leagues protocols can be found below. The document has been updated to include information on the Province’s Proof of Vaccination requirements.

Please note: Local public health protocols and municipal restrictions supersede ONPARA’s Return to Sport guidelines. Facilities, clubs, and programs may also choose to set stricter guidelines than those recommended by public health experts.










Download the
ONPARA STEP 3 Return to Sport Guidelines or click on the image above.

Additionally, ONPARA has implemented the following protocols, applicable to all sanctioned clubs, programs, and events in operation under STEP 3 guidelines:

Proof of Vaccination

On September 14, the Government of Ontario released detailed information regarding the upcoming Proof of Vaccination requirements. These come into effect on September 22, 2021.

  • Patrons seeking access to indoor areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities* must show proof of identification and proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can enter the area, with limited exceptions.
    • *includes gyms, fitness/sporting/recreational facilities, pools, leagues, sporting events, waterparks, and indoor areas of facilities where spectators watch events. Limited exceptions apply.
  • Patrons with a medical exemption are required to present identification and a written document
    stating the individual is exempt for a medical reason to the business or organization.

Members should review the following documents for more information:

ONPARA-affiliated clubs and programs, as well as sanctioned events should follow the rules in the Ontario Regulation 645/21 in accordance with the Proof of Vaccination Guidance document.

Club operations and events run at municipal or private recreation & sport facilities should follow the rules, guidelines, and relevant directions of the facility’s owner/operator.

Exemption for Youth Organized Sports

Youth under 18 years of age actively participating in an organized sport, including training, practices, games and competitions are exempt from the proof of vaccination and identification requirements. Examples include: sports leagues, organized pick-up sports, dance classes, martial arts, swimming classes. Note: The exemption does not apply to youth who are spectators at sporting events.

ONPARA highly encourages all its eligible members to get fully vaccinated in support of the
Province’s Last Mile Strategy

Sport Wheelchair Loans

As of July 27, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now open for new sport wheelchair loans as well as loan returns and/or renewals, with enhanced safety protocols and cleaning procedures in place. Please review the following documents for more information about the wheelchair loans process at this time.

If you are interested in renting a sport wheelchair or learning more about our wheelchair loans program, please contact Katherine Hale at

Previous ‘Return to Sport’ guidelines


City of Toronto

COVID-19: Mandatory Mask or Face Covering Bylaw

Province of Ontario 

COVID-19: Stop the Spread
COVID-19 Self Assessment
Re-Opening Ontario
COVID-19 Public Resources

Return to Sport Announcements

Wheelchair Basketball Canada – Back to Basketball: Return to Sport Guidelines
Wheelchair Rugby Canada – COVID-19 Response Plan
Tennis Canada – COVID-19: Updates on Tennis in Canada

Other Resources

Preventing COVID-19: Hand Hygiene for People with a Spinal Cord Injury