A Canadian task force was created to develop the National Framework for Return to Sport Strategy from the club to high-performance level in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a high-level guide for all sports to follow while implementing their Return to Sport strategies.
The following key National Framework documents are designed to support our provincial and club-level partners as we all begin to Return to Sport while continuing to follow the directions of our respective provincial health and government officials.
Sport will play a critical role in rebuilding Canada from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our responsibility as sport leaders, coaches, and athletes to respect and abide by these national guidelines. Any deviation from the guidelines will present a negative impact on our country that we cannot afford to risk. We are role models for the youth of our nation. They are counting on us to lead and to follow these guidelines in order for all of us – regardless of age or ability – to get back in the water, on the bike and running together.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Mitigation
COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Sport
This risk assessment tool has been fully vetted and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and National Sport Organizations in Canada.
This should be the foundation for risk assessment for everyone at every level. Completion of this assessment will generate a quantifiable risk assessment rating that can then be used to apply a mitigation strategy.
National Framework for Return to Sport
This is a federal framework for building return to sport plans. It provides detailed background on all the different areas that require consideration, as well as a toolkit that should be used in conjunction with the “COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Sport” document. It was created by the National COVID-19 Return to High Performance Sport Task Force; a team of National Sport Organization High Performance staff working in conjunction with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and Chief Medical Health Officers.
This framework has been reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sport-Specific Return to Sport Recommendations
This document outlines our sport-specific recommendations for return to training. These guidelines are meant to be applied within the recommendations of the health authorities for each region and provide a top-level foundation that can be expanded as needed.
Club Risk Assessment and Mitigation Tool
This document provides detailed background, and an integrated risk assessment and mitigation plan specific to club-based training. The tool provided was adapted from the WHO Mass Gathering Risk Assessment and Mitigation Checklist and the Canadian RATs tool to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission when resuming club-based training.
COVID-19 Recommendations for Domestic Community Events
This document includes recommendations for operation of domestic community events taking into account new safety protocols resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All sports will be shifting delivery of events to best provide a safe environment for athletes, staff, volunteers and spectators.
More detail will be provided as we continue to develop tools to assist our race organizers.
The following resources have been created by the Government of Canada:
Know the Facts About COVID-19
Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces
Help Reduce Spread of COVID-19
How to Self-Isolate at Home (symptomatic)
How to self-isolate at home when you may have been exposed (asymptomatic)
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