Dear Skate Ontario Community,
As you may be aware, Skate Canada has communicated that effective immediately they are lifting their suspension of Skate Canada activities with limitations. We would like to address how this will affect the plans currently being developed for the Return to Skating in Ontario.
What does this mean?
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.
What are Skate Canada Sanctioned activities?
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.
When we be back on the ice in Ontario?
We understand that our Skate Ontario family is anxious to return to the ice and is eager to plan ahead for the coming months.
Unfortunately, the Ontario government has not released any definitive timelines or guidelines for the restart of amateur sport within Ontario. Several other Skate Canada Sections have indicated that in their provincial 3-5 stage reopening plans, the opening of arenas and sport/recreation facilities is scheduled for mid to late stage (i.e. stage 3 or stage 4). We are in constant contact with the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries and continue to advocate strongly for the need for this information as soon as possible. We are working actively with the other sports in the province to provide our input and suggestions to the provincial government.
Skate Ontario is currently starting to develop materials that will outline modified delivery guidelines for programs and events for clubs and skating schools. We will liaise with multiple stakeholders in the creation of these guidelines, including Skate Canada, coaches, club volunteers, officials and facility management. As these guidelines become finalized, we will be sharing them with the Skate Ontario skating community. Skate Ontario clubs will also be contacted in the near future with an opportunity to participate in a survey from the Minister’s amateur sport panel.
You have our continued commitment to advocate for a return to skating in Ontario in a manner that is as quick and safe as possible.