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OVA Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) is committed to protecting the health and safety of our members, the public and those associated with our sport. We have been following the advice of the Government of Canada and public health experts such as Public Health Ontario and Toronto Public Health regarding COVID-19. In light of recent events, the OVA has made the decision to cancel ALL events up to and including April 30th, 2020. Information on upcoming protocols and required actions will be disseminated when they become available.

Full refunds will be provided for all events and activities cancelled during this time frame. Communication surrounding refunds and postponed activities will be shared with participants of those programs as soon as possible.

A separate communication will also be sent to all athletes who have signed up for the athlete identification regarding modifications that will need to be made for this process.

The OVA will continue to monitor all appropriate public safety advice and encourage our members to take any and all reasonable precautions. It is our hope that play can be resumed as soon as it is deemed appropriate. We would like to thank our members for your patience and understanding. Until then, we hope you stay healthy. 

As Ontario has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces, the OVA staff will be working from home. If you would like to get in contact with one of the OVA staff members, please send them an email instead of calling the office. Thank you for your cooperation.

Click here for the OVA staff directory.

Previous Updates

Please click here for previous COVID-19 updates.

As we take to safety in the comfort of our own homes for the nest while, here are some tips, activities and ways you can stay engaged and healthy while we practice social distancing. Visit our Family Resources page for a list of articles and topics.

Ontario Championships

The 2020 Ontario Championships have been cancelled.

While the event itself is cancelled, the OVA will still be announcing the recipients of the Ken Davies Memorial Award, Evelyn Holick Award and the Grand Prix All-Star rosters in the month of April. Stay tuned to OVA's website and social media channels when we celebrate the deserving athletes.

OVAtion Awards and Hall of Fame

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, event closures by all levels of government as well as for the health and safety of our members, the OVA has cancelled the OVAtion Awards and Hall of Fame inductions for May 30, 2020.  The OVA will be moving forward with virtual award recognition for all of the service award winners for 2020. Please stay tuned in the coming months to read more about the deserving award winners from our community.

Winter Beach Tour

North Beach (April 4) 13U, 15U - Cancelled 
North Beach (April 25) 12UG, 14U, 16U - Cancelled

OVA Beach Tour

OVA Beach Tour events scheduled for Ashbridges Bay have been cancelled up until June 28, 2020.

The City of Toronto has made the decision (April 3, 2020) to cancel all recreational permits at City parks until the end of June.

All of the event cancellations can be viewed on the OVA's Beach Event Calendar here.

Ashbridges Bay Beach Volleyball (ABBV)

The ABBV Spring League has been cancelled.

The full statement can be read here.


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.

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.

Award of Excellence

The OVA will be mailing out Award of Excellence medals (1 medal for each 11U-16U team) along with the 2020 Ontario Championship Lanyards (1 bundle of 15 for every team). These will be shipped out to each club contact around the end of May (assuming the OVA office is open at that time).

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

For the month of April, Sport for Life is offering a 60% discount. Now's the time to keep the mind active and engaged through e-Learning.

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The Athlete Development Team at the OVA sends healthy and safe wishes to you all. Here is another update on the Athlete Identification Process and the 2020 High Performance Programs.  The Athlete Development Team at the OVA sends healthy and safe wishes to you all. Here is another update on the Athlete Identification Process and the 2020 High Performance Programs. 

If you have any questions, please contact

All program updates can also be found on our website:

Athlete Identification

Athlete identification for all programs to be done through video

A decision was made to cancel plans to host final tryouts in late May and early June. The selection of athletes for Team Ontario programs will be based on athlete evaluations done through our athlete identification process. 

About half of all athletes registered to be identified for beach and indoor programs have already been evaluated during OVA indoor events, Winter beach tour events and King/Queen of the beach events. All outstanding athlete evaluations for indoor and beach volleyball programs will be done through observing game film. The intention of this adaptation is to continue to provide the opportunity for athletes to be identified by evaluation through competition, as well as to respect the restrictions that we currently find ourselves in. We will only be reaching out to athletes who have not been evaluated already.

Athletes registered for the Indoor/Integrate program evaluations will still receive their feedback once all evaluations are done.  

Team Ontario Program Updates

We are planning for all of our programs to run as planned, however there are a few changes being made. The main one is that none of our teams will be travelling this summer. Due to the high level of uncertainty surrounding travel recommendations in the foreseeable future, the OVA has decided to focus its efforts on delivering the local portion of each program. At this point, we want to focus on what we have most control over and avoid unnecessary risk to maintain our participants health and safety.   

We have also pushed the dates of some programs further in July to allow more time for restrictions to be lifted and therefore increase the probability that they will run. The new program details are listed below:   

Indoor/Integrated Programs:

Team Ontario White  

  • July 5-11, 2020 (no extra training dates)  

High Performance Center/Team Ontario Red  

  • July 4-12, 2020
  • There will be no additional Team Ontario Red training and competition following HPC 
  • We are adding one extra day to HPC to host an official best-of-5-set tournament during the last days of the camp  

Team Ontario Black  

  • Both the boys and girls’ groups will train from July 11-24, 2020 
  • Competition opportunities will be available within the groups and against Team Ontario alumni athletes  

Tall Maples  

  • July 16-22, 2020 at Nipissing University
  • If you are interested in the Tall Maples program, send your application to by April 30th 2020. Application must include:  
  1. Your height (cm), standing reach (cm) (standing with one arm fully stretched above your head), birthdate and club team the athlete plays for  
  2.  A picture of the athlete and their standing reach standing next to a standard interior door 80”  
  3. A Tall Maples Motivation Letter. We would like to hear from the athletes and why they would like to be a part of the Tall Maples program this summer. In this one-page letter, the athlete should answer the following questions:  
  • Why the athlete would like to be a part of the program 
  • What skills the athlete would like to improve upon 
  • The athlete’s volleyball goals  

For more information on the Tall Maples program, visit:

Beach Programs:

Team Ontario Beach 

  • July 16-22, 2020 at Nipissing University
  • July & August – Full-time Training Group
  • Further activity dates confirmed as clarity around the current situation progresses 

As always, we are committed to providing an evaluation process that is fair during this new reality and obstacles that we are facing. We hope that everyone understands the circumstances we are in and that you trust us in selecting the best option to allow for athlete selection and training programs this summer. We will keep you all posted on new development as the current situation evolves.  

Regional Referee Chairs will be holding their semiannual meeting at the end of April. Any questions or comments that you would like to discuss can be directed to your respective RRC.

Beach Referees

Beach Referee Membership

Referees can hold off on purchasing their beach memberships as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. For referees who have already purchased their memberships before the season, the OVA will inform those if refunds will be given in approximately two months.

Beach Tour Schedule

As of Friday April 3rd at 4:00 p.m., the City of Toronto has made the decision to cancel all recreational permits/contracts at City parklands until the end of June.  Therefore, there will be no Beach Tour events at Ashbridges Bay until July, at the earliest.

The OVA will be reaching out to all other municipalities and taking recommendations from Public Health on whether other events in May & June (outside of Toronto) will be able to take place.

Please keep an eye on the OVA Beach Tour schedule at the following link as we will continue to update it with any further cancellations we become aware of:

  • If you are ill or are showing any symptoms, stay home
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (20 seconds) or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Clean frequently touched items (Phones, door handles, windows, keys, remotes, etc.)
  •  Bring extra hand sanitizer (portable size bottles, wipes) with you if you decide to go out