Help Us #SaveCanadianCamps

On May 19, 2020 the Government of Ontario announced that due to COVID-19, overnight camps in Ontario would continue to be ordered closed throughout the summer. Day Camps were allowed to open in August, but many did not open for a variety of reasons.

More than 1,000 camps are in risk of permanent closure if they don’t receive funding support from the government. We are engaging in ongoing constructive dialogue with the federal government about securing the right help — including with senior leaders from the Prime Minister’s Office, the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and the office of the Minister of Economic Development.

We need your help to bring the camp industry into focus for our nations leaders. How? We need everyone; camps, parents, alumni, campers – to write a letter to their MP to ask for their support.  All it takes is 10 minutes – really!

Ready to help #SaveCanadianCamps?


OCA COVID-19 Taskforce – Resources and More! 

In March 2020 the OCA Board struck a COVID-19 Task Force to share the most up to date information and resources on COVID-19. The Task Force has since evolved, and is working with a team of experts, including Public Health, to create guidelines for a safe 2021 camp season!

Here are some resources to help you and your organization during COVID-19.

Government Resources

Government Updates


General COVID-19 Announcements and Resources

Documents Pertaining to Camp

Closures and Reopening Ontario

Resources for Camps and Outdoor Education Centres

OCA’s Templates and Tools for Operations


Specific to Non-Profits and/or Charities



OCA Member and owner of Go Camp Pro Travis Allison has created an online community on Slack and MEGADoc for COVID-19 discussion with resources, including what other camps and outdoor centres are using for messaging, and much more. We encourage you to take a visit the below links – you will need to join Slack in order to view this content.

Health Resources

Each region/municipality has its own Public Health Unit which provides COVID-19 guidance or guidelines for camps operating.
Ministry of Health

York Region Community and Health Services Department

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Toronto Public Health

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Department


Additional Health Information

Help Lines 

  • Telephone & Mobile Mental Health Crisis Support (24-hr) Call: 1-855-310-2673
  • The Warm Line (Mental Health Helpline) Call: 416-960-9276 Text: 647-557-5882 Online Chat:
  • Toronto Distress Centre Call: 416-408-4357
  • Good2Talk (ages 17 to 25) – Toll-free: 1-866-925-5454, Email
  • Kids Help Phone (ages 5 to 20) – Toll-free: 1-800-668-6868, Live web chat, Text
  • 211 Ontario (adults) – Call 2-1-1, Toll-free: 1-877-330-3213, Live web chat, Email
  • ConnexOntario Helpline (adults) – Toll-free: 1-866-531-2600, Live web chat

Other Resources