COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

Clubs/Skating Schools

As of May 8, 2020, clubs/coaches may be eligible for the following programs:

All clubs have the option to hold a virtual/on-line AGM. Clubs will need to ensure that all aspects of their virtual AGM follow the process laid out in their by-laws, ensuring members have opportunity to contribute to the discussion on agenda items.

Clubs have a 15-month window to host your AGM from their last meeting. If that window  fall within the state of emergency in Ontario, the club will have an extension of 90 days from the date the state of emergency is lifted by the province.

  • For example: Skate Ontario held our 2019 AGM on Saturday June 15, 2019. We must hold our 2020 AGM before September 15, 2020. Should the state of emergency be in effect until September 30, 2020; Skate Ontario will have until December 29, 2020 to host our AGM should we wish.

Clubs and schools are to contact Skate Canada at info@skatecanada.ca for the most up to date information on participant fees.

The lifting of the suspension of Skate Canada activities means that where municipal and provincial regulations and local public health guidelines permit, Skate Canada sanctioned activities may begin across the country. For skating to resume, Skate Canada Sections, clubs and skating schools must have the permission of the jurisdiction they are located in. This means that all members and registrants must follow the precautions outlined by their provincial and municipal governments and their local venue operators.

Skate Canada sanctioned activities are any programs delivered by Skate Ontario clubs and coaches. This would include training and/or competitions in Competitive Skate, STARSkate, Collegiate Skate, SynchroSkate, AdultSkate, Special Olympics and the delivery of the programs – CanSkate and CanPowerSkate.

Events

To view the schedule, please click here.

Currently, there are some holes in the calendar that are directly related to COVID-19 disruptions, as many municipalities are unable to confirm ice allocations at this time. In the Events Calendar and Opportunity Charts, holes in the schedule, impacted by COVID, will be identified and labelled as ‘COVID’ where the host club would be listed.

At this time, we are waiting for more information from the provincial government regarding Return to Play frameworks. We will send updates about this program when we can.

Yes.  Skate Ontario will make “Go or No-Go” decisions on whether or not an event will run 10-12 weeks prior to the scheduled event date.

We have consulted with coaches to identify an appropriate training period to allow skaters to train and be prepared to safely compete. Skate Ontario and our LOCs will require a few weeks to prepare for registration and event planning.  It is also understood that circumstances may dictate other changes may be required to be made in that window.

Skate Ontario is currently examining the impact of COVID-19 on the Qualifying Structure for both the Sectional and Provincial Championships. We will be providing updates about the qualification process for the Sectional Series and the Super Series as the details become finalized.

Assessment Days

Skate Ontario will begin a gradual phasing in of Assessment Days  beginning August 15, 2020.

  • Consideration will be given to the length of time the club has been back on the ice and number of assessments anticipated
  • A maximum of one Assessment Day per club will be scheduled between August 15-September 30, 2020 to ensure the greatest number of clubs receive an Assessment Day during this time

Yes, all Evaluators need to complete the Skate Ontario COVID-19 Waiver and these will be directly collected by Skate Ontario. Assessment Coordinators do not need to  ask  Evaluators to complete these.

It is recommended that Evaluators complete the Health Screening Questionnaire  48 hrs priorto the scheduled Assessment Day.  If an Evaluator answers “Yes” to any of these questions, they are not permitted to participate in any on-ice or off-ice club/skating school activities. 

The Health Screening Questionnaire must also be completed upon arrival at the arena on the day of the Assessment Day .

Dances can be shadowed for Assessment Days, however a physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained.

Requests for Assessment Days that are scheduled from  October 1, 2020 and onward will move to our new online system.  Training on our new online system will begin this fall and requests will be accepted beginning mid-September. (Sept.15, 2020) . Further details will be communicated in the Club newsletter and posted on the Assessment Days page on our website.

Skate Ontario will permit a maximum of one Assessment Day per club between October 1-December 31, 2020 in order to ensure the greatest numbers of clubs receive an Assessment Day during this time.    

Please note:

  • Consideration will be given to the length of time the club has been back on the ice and number of assessments anticipated
  • A maximum of one Assessment Day per club will be scheduled between August 15-September 30, 2020 to ensure the greatest number of clubs receive an Assessment Day during this time
  1. The Assessment Coordinator submits an online request . This online request form should be utilized for requesting any new Assessment Days. If you have already submitted an Assessment Day request, you do not need to resubmit the date.
  2. The Assessment Coordinator will receive an automated email confirmation that your request has been received. If you do not receive an automated email confirmation, your request has not been successfully received and you will need to fill out the request again.
  3. Skate Ontario Officials Coordinator will contact Evaluator(s) with the new Assessment Day request for their availability. Evaluator(s) will have 7 days to confirm their availability.
  4. Once the timeline for Evaluator(s) to confirm availability has closed, the Officials Coordinator will provide the requesting Assessment Coordinator with the name(s) and contact information for the Evaluator(s) who have indicated that they are available for the requested Assessment Day. The Assessment Coordinator should receive this communication within 1-3 business days after the Evaluator(s) availability requests have been completed. ***Reminder that this step is subject to Evaluator(s) availability. If there are no Evaluator(s) available for the requested Assessment Day(s), the Assessment Coordinator will be notified by Skate Ontario. 
  5. It is the responsibility of the Assessment Coordinator to then select an Evaluator(s) from the contact(s) provided. The Assessment Coordinator will then contact their chosen Evaluator(s) directly to confirm the logistics and details for the Assessment Day.
  6. Should the Assessment Coordinator be provided with multiple Evaluators, please confirm with Skate Ontario which Evaluator(s) you have confirmed for your Assessment Day.
  7. Request and confirmation of an Assessment Day and Evaluator complete!

If you have any questions, please contact Dia Sue-Wah-Sing.

COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions