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Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020 receives Royal Assent

By Ontario Volleyball, 11/26/20, 5:00PM EST


The Government of Ontario has announced that the Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020, has received Royal Assent.  

This means the Act now becomes law and provides liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to COVID-19 protocols. 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 provides 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 


For months, the OVA has been actively advocating with other sport organizations across Ontario to protect all levels of amateur sport who are following the Return to Play protocols and doing their best to keep their clubs, teams and local community safe. 

To ensure your club is protected under the legislation, you must make certain that you have safety protocols in place. This includes that all members are properly documented for contact tracing and are registered, meaning that all participants are registered within the Ontario Volleyball Membership Registration System (MRS). Failure to do so will put your organization at risk and could result in the removal of liability protection under the Act. 

The OVA has been communicating with the  appropriate  Government of Ontario Public Health and Sport authorities to continually update our Return to Play protocols to reflect the  province’s revised COVID-19 response framework. Clubs are now required to review the updated Return to Play protocols which contain the revised information, now designated by four  zone  colours (Green/Prevent, Yellow/Protect, Orange/Restrict, Control/Red), to ensure their plan is up to date.  

All OVA member clubs must ensure they know which health unit they are located in and what this means in regards to volleyball participation. Click here to find your Public Health Unit and click here to find what zone your Public Health Unit is in (located in the List of Regions tab). 

Clubs are encouraged to stay in contact with their local Public Health Unit and community authorities in the event that there have been additional restrictions enacted that may impact their volleyball operations. 

For further information on updates related to the pandemic and Return to Play, please visit the OVA’s COVID-19 information centre, which has all the latest information from the OVA along with resources for clubs and members. Please consider  bookmarking the link to the COVID-19 hub on the homepage on your website or web browser. 

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