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OHF Letter to the Premier and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Submitted By Web Admin on Wednesday, July 22, 2020
- CALL TO ACTION - Insurance Liability within Ontario
Date: Jul, 21, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

To Lisa MacLeod and Doug Ford,

COVID-19 has created an insurance liability concern for many players, staff, parents and volunteers within our game that in many cases is preventing a return to play in Ontario. The hockey community needs the help of the provincial government to eliminate the increased liability issue to ensure that organizations can make the decision to return to the ice and provide a venue for physical activity within the government guidelines without fear of reprisal.

Currently, there is no legislation that protects sports organizations, including hockey, in Ontario from legal liability related to COVID-19 for providing programming in accordance with the Ontario Government Emergency Order and their Public Health Units.

The government of British Columbia was confronted with this issue when they opened sport slightly ahead of us in Ontario and they took action to get British Columbians back to playing sports through an Emergency Order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.  A Made-in-Ontario solution that defines the responsibilities of individuals and organizations in keeping hockey safe is what is needed. Such guidance would enable amateur hockey organizations and the courts with clarity on what constitutes acceptable practices when it comes to protecting those involved with our sport during these unprecedented times.

Despite prior efforts, the OHF has not received a response from the Government of Ontario on how they will fix this current liability issue by implementing legislation to protect Provincial Sport Organization’s from being held personally liable for operating programming within the Emergency Order and Public Health guidelines.

The Government of Ontario needs to take action to address this issue immediately so that plans can be made to get back to playing sports safely. 

Sincerely,

Phillip McKee
Executive Director
Ontario Hockey Federation

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