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Resilient Communities Fund

Deadline has passed.

The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario.

Two deadline intakes: September 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. and December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

Funding amount $5,000 to $150,000

Resilient Communities Fund link

WISE Fund Grant

Deadline has passed.

Canadian Women & Sport will be supporting organizations who continue to make strides in ensuring gender equity in their sport through a $2,500 grant supported by Sport Canada. A total of thirty (30) organizations can receive this grant. 

They will be awarding a minimum of 60% of grant funding to organizations or initiatives led by or directly serving women and girls who are Black, Indigenous, or people of colour, LGBTQI2S+, deaf, or people with disabilities.  

If your club is continuing the momentum of gender equity by providing quality opportunities for girls and women to participate in your sport, please apply for this grant.

Important dates
  • Tuesday, October 13 – Applications open
  • Monday, November 9 – Applications close
  • Early March 2021 – Recipients are announced
  • Grant money must be spent by March 1st, 2022.

Apply here

Jumpstart: Sport Relief Fund

Deadline has passed.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on community sports and recreation, increasing the barriers to participation faced by Canada's most vulnerable children and youth. This is why Jumpstart has launched the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund, which will help sport and recreation organizations continue to deliver programming in 2020 and beyond. This fund will provide two streams of needs-based support to eligible organizations – Programming Support and Operational Support.

Applications will be accepted from September 12th to October 4th, 2020. Grant applicants will be informed of the final decisions the week of October 11th, 2020.

Sport Relief Fund

Red Cross: COVID-19 Emergency Support for Community Organizations Granting Program for Non-Profits

Deadline has passed.

The Canadian Red Cross is making grants available to non-profits across Canada to support their direct service delivery to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

Deadline: August 31st, 2020.

For programming up to November 2020.

Minimum grant amount is $5000 up to $100,000

Red Cross link


Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 

In November 2020, the Government of Ontario announced that the Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020, has passed a third reading in the Legislature and will now receive Royal Assent. This Act will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. At the same time, it will maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others. 

The Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020 will provide targeted protection for those who are making an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws, including: 

  • Healthcare workers and institutions 
  • Frontline workers who serve the public everywhere from grocery stores to restaurants and retail stores 
  • Businesses and their employees.  
  • Charities, non-profit organizations; and 
  • Coaches, volunteers and minor sports associations 

To ensure your organization is protected under the legislation, your Club must make certain that you have safety protocols in place; you are following the OVA Return to Play (RTP) Guidelines, have created your Clubs own RTP and all members are properly documented for contact tracing and are registered. This means registering all participants within the Ontario Volleyball Membership Registration System (MRS).   All athletes should register as Recreational players to be covered by the OVA insurance policy. If a competitive season can take place, athletes would need to have full memberships at that time. 

Emergency Support Benefit

With the amount of shutdowns that have impacted the business of many across the Province and affecting the income of many hard working people, we understand that these times are frustrating and frightening. The Federal government has since launched an Emergency Response Plan which may be of benefit and value to some of our members who need financial support during this time.

Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents

The Emergency Care Benefit is providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:

  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.

Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:

Longer-Term Income Support for Workers

For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID’s impact, the Government is:

  • Introducing an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5.0 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
  • Implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process. This was announced by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020.

Income Support for Individuals Who Need It Most

For over 12 million low- and modest-income families, who may require additional help with their finances, the Government is proposing to provide a one-time special payment by early May 2020 through the Goods and Services Tax credit (GSTC). This will double the maximum annual GSTC payment amounts for the 2019-20 benefit year. The average boost to income for those benefitting from this measure will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples.

For over 3.5 million families with children, who may also require additional support, the Government is proposing to increase the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit (CCB) payment amounts, only for the 2019-20 benefit year, by $300 per child. The overall increase for families receiving CCB will be approximately $550 on average; these families will receive an extra $300 per child as part of their May payment. In total, this measure will deliver almost $2 billion in extra support.

Together, the proposed enhancements of the GSTC and CCB will give a single parent with two children and low to modest income nearly $1,500 in additional short-term support.

Click here for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application page.

For more information about Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses, please click here.

For changes and information affecting tax-filing and payment deadlines with Canada Revenue Agency, please click here

Additional Support for Canadian Businesses (via RBC Wealth Management)

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Government announced that it would be introducing a new 75% temporary wage subsidy program presumed to replace the previously enacted 10% subsidy. The subsidy will apply to business whose revenue has been reduced by 30% or more as a result of COVID-19, regardless of its number of employees.

Business Credit Availability Program

The Government will establish three new programs to provide $65 billion of additional support through the Business Development Bank (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). BDC and EDC are working with private sector lenders such as RBC to coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses. These programs have been stated to roll out three weeks after March 27, 2020.

Relief solutions include:

Canada Emergency Business Account – Eligible small businesses and not-for-profit organizations may be able to receive interest-free loans of up to $40,000 under the new Canada Emergency Business Account Program. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25% (up to $10,000).

EDC Business Credit Availability Program Guarantee – These loans – to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – will be 80% guaranteed by EDC, to be repaid within one year.

BDC Co-Lending Facility for SMEs – The BDC will provide 80% of the term loan, with the remaining 20% provided by the financial institution.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) remittance deferral

The Federal Government is proposing to defer certain GST/HST remittances to June 30, 2020 for monthly, quarterly and annual filers as follows:

Monthly filers – remittances collected for February, March and April 2020 reporting periods;

Quarterly filers – remittances collected for the January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020 reporting period.

The Federal Government did not defer the requirement to file GST/HST returns in respect of these periods.

Customs duty payments deferral

The Federal Government announced the payment deadlines for statements of accounts for March, April and May has been deferred to June 30, 2020.

Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19

Reduced RRIF minimum payment for 2020 – The Bill reduces required registered retirement income fund (RRIF) minimum withdrawals by 25% for the 2020 tax year.

Additional Goods and Services Tax Credit (GSTC) – A one-time additional GSTC payment will be made in May 2020

Additional Canada Child Benefit (CCB) – A one0time additional payment of $300 per child for those who qualify for the CCB in 

May 2020. Eligibility for this benefit will be based on individual’s 2018 tax return.

Improved access to Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits – The government has temporarily waived the medical certificate requirement for those who are in quarantine or have been directed to self-isolate and claim EI sickness benefits.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The CERB replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for those who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.

Temporary wage subsidy for eligible employers

The Bill included a 10% temporary wage subsidy that has now presumably been replaced by the proposed 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy discussed above. The 10% subsidy has to cover a three month period for eligible employers (small Canadian controlled private corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and registered charities), to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.

Support for Families (Government of Ontario)

The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Parents are eligible for a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0-12, or
  • $250 for children with special needs aged 0-21.

Parents/guardians must submit one application per child. Only one parent / guardian may apply for each child. The parent / guardian who applies should have custody of the child.

If you have already successfully applied to the Support for Parents program and received payment through direct deposit, you are automatically eligible for the Support for Families program. You will receive email confirmation with a reference number and the Support for Families funding through direct deposit within the next two weeks.

To begin the application, please click here.

Free Webinars for Club Directors

The Art of Coaching Volleyball, in conjunction with the OVA and Art of Coaching Canada is bringing a panel to the Canadian Market, featuring six Club Directors from across the Nation to share their insight and help other Directors in navigating these challenging times.

Watch the webinar here.

Award of Excellence

The OVA will be awarded this year (1 medal for each 11U-16U team). 

Teams can fill out the Award of Excellence nomination form located here if the recipient would like to be listed on the OVA website.

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