COVID-19 ‘Return to Sport’ Update – March 1


With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, Ontario is cautiously and gradually easing public health and workplace safety measures.

Most notably, as of March 1, 2022, proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted across the province. Businesses and organizations may now choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry. Other changes include the removal of capacity limits in all indoor public settings, while protective measures such as the wearing of masks and face coverings, health screening, and mandatory safety plans, are still in effect.

As a multi-sport provincial organization, ONPARA recognizes the potential for differing rules and requirements for sport facilities across Ontario, and therefore recommends that all affiliated clubs/programs and sanctioned events follow the recommendations of their respective facilities with regards to proof of vaccination requirements. Clubs and programs may also independently choose to set stricter guidelines than those of their facilities and continue to require proof of vaccination for all club-based activities.

Proof of vaccination or medical exemption will continue to be required for participation in ONPARA provincial team programs for wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season in accordance with the requirements set by the NSOs for all 2022 national events. This extends to all athletes, coaches, bench staff, officials, and volunteers. Vaccination requirements for ONPARA’s provincial wheelchair tennis program will be dependent on facility guidelines and it should be noted that proof of vaccination may be required to compete in certain tournaments.

ONPARA has updated its ‘Return to Sport’ guidelines in accordance with the government of Ontario’s newest measures. This information can be found on the COVID-19 Information and Resources page on our website.

It is important for us to continue being extra careful about COVID-19 protocols and guidelines at this time, even as restrictions continue to be lifted. The health and well-being of our community continues to be our number one priority.