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?
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.
General COVID-19 Announcements and Resources
Documents Pertaining to Camp
Closures and Reopening Ontario
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Rent and Expense Reliefs
Staffing and Youth Supports
Financial Supports for Camps
Tax and Benefits Information
Aquatics: Qualifications and Safety
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.
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