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 Play guidelines and stay up to date on the impact of COVID-19 on our programs and services.


Return to Play

Current as of June 16, 2021

Ontario has now adopted a 3-STEP COVID-19 response framework. Reopening Ontario | Ontario.ca

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 1: Outdoor Training  protocols can be found below. Our hope is to see everyone back on the field of play as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please note: Local public health protocols and municipal restrictions supersede ONPARA’s Return to Sport guidelines.

The complete ONPARA_STEP_1 Guidelines can be found here or by clicking on the image above.

Additionally, ONPARA has implemented the following protocols, applicable to all sanctioned clubs, programs, and events in operation under STEP 1 guidelines:

 

Current as of Dec 2, 2020

Ontario has now adopted a five-level COVID-19 response framework. The five levels of public health measures are: Prevent (Green), Protect (Yellow), Restrict (Orange), Control (Red) and Lockdown (Grey). Please ensure you research the restrictions in your region before returning to sport. Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework and information about your local public health region can be found here.

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 Phase 3A: Small Group Training & Practice can be found below. While some regions may be able to move to Phase 3A, some will stay in Phase 2 while others may not be permitted to engage in programming at this time. Our hope is to see everyone back on the field of play as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please note: Local public health protocols and municipal restrictions supersede ONPARA’s Return to Sport guidelines.

The complete ONPARA Phase 3 Guidelines can be found here

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


As of July 27, 2020

As much of Ontario enters Stage 3 of reopening, we know that many of you are anxious to get back to sport. We are too, but with different regions in different stages of recovery,  we are recommending athletes and clubs follow Stage 2 restrictions at this time.

Stage 2 restrictions include:

  • Team sports must not be practiced or played with the exception of training sessions for members of a sports team that do not include games or scrimmages.
  • Physical distancing of 2m must be maintained at all times.
  • Activities which may result in individuals coming within 2m of each other must not be practiced or played within the facility.
  • No spectators in the facility other than one accompanying parent or guardian for athletes under the age of 18.

The complete ONPARA PHASE 2 Guidelines can be found here

The complete ‘Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020’ legislation can be found here

Our sport wheelchair loans program will resume this week for athletes requiring equipment to be physically active.

Please note: All athletes must comply with the requirements and recommendations of their local municipal health authority and Ontario Public Health (resources linked below). 


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.

ONPARA COVID-19 Wheelchair Loans Protocol

COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk

Wheelchair Loans Policy and Procedures

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


Resources

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