COVID-19 Resource Page
Tools for Reopening

The following collection of documents and links is updated regularly with information to help parks, recreation and sport organizations navigate current restrictions and phased reopening in Ontario. If you would like to contribute a resource, you can use the PRO Knowledge Hub, or email nbeier@prontario.org.

Organizations must follow all regulations under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act regarding the operation of facilities, as well as any guidance provided by local public health units.

The resources and tools here come from different jurisdictions and may not apply in your region. 
This website and the materials included here have been prepared as an informational service for our members and other stakeholders.  Although we endeavour to ensure the accuracy of the content, no one should act upon the information provided without a thorough examination of all legislation, regulation and local bylaw. You are always urged to work with local public health when creating plans and developing procedures.

Latest Resources

City of Toronto - Community Recreation Cleaning Guide

City of Toronto - Operational Guide for Reopening Recreation Centres

Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc - Reopening Ice Facilities

City of Belleville - Reopening Communications Guide

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PRO Knowledge Hub
PRO has created a forum for members to discuss and share resources. We have created a specific forum for COVID-19. Click here to login and join the discussion.  

PRO Webinars

Entering the Virtual World: Bringing your Camps and Programs Online, April 29, 2020
Download the Slide Presentation   |   Watch the Webinar

The Impact of COVID-19 on Parks and Recreation, April 2, 2020
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Watch the Webinar



Capital Planning and Facility Operations, July 24, 2020
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Watch the Webinar

PRO Bi-weekly Dispatch 

June 18, 2020

June 4, 2020
May 21, 2020
May 7, 2020
April 23, 2020
April 2, 2020
March 30, 2020

At this time, aquatic facilities are not allowed to open. In the interim, organizations can begin to make preparations for reopening by evaluating your pool(s) using current available tools.You can also begin to review cleaning, disinfection and sanitizing procedures. Take time to develop realistic reopning timelines and communication plans.


Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

The Lifesaving Society (Ontario)
Guide to Reopening Pools and Waterfronts
Resource Page for Information Bulletins, Webinars and other COVID-19 Resources
Aquatic Facility Inspection and Activity Assessment Guidance
Cleaning, Decontamination, and Safe Water Management of Aquatic Facilities (April 29)

The Lifesaving Society (BC & Yukon)
Guidance for Reopening Pools and Waterfronts (May 19)

BC Recreation and Parks Association & BC Recreation Facilities Association
Webinar on Cleaning Protocols (Aquatic Focus), May 2020

Canadian Red Cross
First Aid Protocols for an Unresponsive Person During COVID-19



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Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
COVID-19 Guidance Summer Day Camps Version 2 Updated June 29
Guidelines for Emergency Licensed Child Care Centres. These guidelines are currently in place only for those licensed child care providers authorized to provide emergency child care. However, organization may want to consider reviewing these guidelines in preparation for opening other types of children's programs.

City of Toronto

CampTO Guidelines for Summer Camps

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
Considerations for Child & Youth Programs and Summer Camps
Decision tree for opening camps and programs

American Camps Association
2020 Camp Operations Guidelines
Continguency planning for camps

Government of Alberta
Guidance for day camps

Government of New Brunswick
Guidance for child care/children's programs



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Public Health Ontario
Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings
Government of Saskatchewan
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Facilities

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting


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Ontario Recreation Facilities Association
Reentering and Reopening Recreation Facilities: Best Practices (May 2020): Available to ORFA members

Government of British Columbia
BC basic guidance for recreation facilities

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
Guidance for Reopening after Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Strategies to Optimize the Supply for PPE and Equipment


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Fitness Industry Council (Canada)
Consideration for Reopening the Fitness Industry


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Important Websites

Government of Canada
Government of Ontario

Municipal World


What is PRO Doing?

Prior to the Province declaring a state of emergency, PRO had made the difficult decision not to hold the upcoming Educational Forum and Trade Show on March 24-27. The Annual General Meeting, scheduled for March 26, 2020, has also been postponed and will happen via web-conference on June 18, 2020. PRO has also closed its physical office, opting instead for staff to work from home Monday to Thursday. PRO Senior Staff including CEO Cathy Denyer, and Directors Marion Price and Diane English are available five days per week. All PRO staff can still be reached by phone and email.

We ask for your patience as we explore our options to continue to provide you, our valued members, with opportunities for education and networking in a safe and healthy environment. We will be reaching out to all Forum registered delegates, exhibitors and sponsors regarding next steps very soon. We also continue to support organizations planning to hold HIGH FIVE trainings over the coming months.

PRO is also in contact with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to provide them with information about the impact on our sector. Additionally, PRO, along with allied organizations like AMO, is calling on the government to extend the deadline for current regulatory postings.

As things have been changing daily, PRO is assessing the best way it can support its members. Your best source for information continues to be local public health, and the Ministry of Health website. However, as developments happen, PRO will be proactively providing information to its members either through teleconferences or email.


National Advocacy

The CPRA has also been actively monitoring the impacts on the sector, providing resources and advocating the federal government for sector aid and support. See below for links to their national advocacy work. 

CPRA Activity Update - April 16, 2020
Briefing Note on COVID-19 Federal Aid Package
Summary of Federal Government Wage Subsidy Program
Recreation and Sport Recovery Program
COVID-19 Webpage

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS?

Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a healthcare professional. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.