Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 health pandemic and wishes to provide the Canadian paddling community with an update regarding its response plan. The health and safety of all our community members remains of the utmost importance.

Important Note: CKC is asking all members to respect the Government of Canada’s direction to carefully follow social distancing practices. Now is the opportunity for us to be diligent leaders in our communities, through our actions we can contribute to the control of the spread of this virus.

CKC again strongly urges all member clubs and organizations to suspend all in-person activities and instead work to support athletes and other members to continue safe activity in strict accordance with home-based social-distancing protocols.

Critically, all those returning from outside of Canada (Including those returning from the United States and France) must be extremely diligent in respecting mandated 14-day self-isolation.

We have begun working with members and our partners as we look forward to the weeks and months ahead to form potential recommendations on paddling activity which respects social distancing requirements while also taking on water safety fully into account. As difficult as it can be, now is the time to prioritize our personal and community safety in relation to the pandemic and we must collectively err on the side of caution and safety on all fronts. Please stay socially isolated, and safe.

It is important to note that at all times CKC’s On-Water Safety Policies apply. All members should be aware of the serious risks posed by cold water conditions in many areas of the country at this time. Specifically, for Sprint paddlers, when water temperatures are below 8°C the Cold Water Safety regulations (Section 2.2) must be understood and followed.

 

Follow Up from CKC MEMBER COVID-19 Information and Outreach Call

 

The CKC COVID-19 Member Information and Outreach Call is available in its entirety here.

Please note that the CKC Board of Directors, in consultation with medical and legal experts as needed, as well as our Discipline Councils will continue to monitor the COVID-19 Landscape and will actively work to consider the further key recommendations and details concerning cancelations.

Medical Follow Up

Canadian Olympic Committee & Canadian Paralympic Committee Chief Medical Officer COVID19 Message

Mental Health

Game Plan COVID-19 Resources  

CKC Mental Health Awareness Guide

 

Organizational, Club and Employee Economic Impact

The COVID-19 Economic Information and Outreach Call is available in its entirety here.

Agenda

Presentation (PDF)

Presentation (PowerPoint)

For details around the Government Support Programs which are rolling out consult the following:

Managing you Sport Organization through COVID-19 Resource Document

 

Coach Support

National Coaches Association Webinar – Open to all disciplines

Led by: Ryan Blair, Coaches Representative, Sprint Racing Council

 

National Coaches Meeting 

The National Coaches Meeting call is available in its entirety here.

 

Additional Questions and Answers from Webinar (Answered by Ian Mortimer – CKC Director of Development)

  1. What happens if we don’t have any events this year? Will clubs be required to pay membership fees to CKC and PSO’s?

The short answer is we do not know yet. Like all organizations across Canada, CKC is currently reviewing its entire 2020-21 plan, this includes our budgeting and fiscal planning for the year. With so much unknown at this moment, our position now is to build out contingencies for a range of scenarios related to the amount of activity possible within our Paddling Community this season. Decisions around what fees will apply are directly related to what sort of activity may take place. At all times, we will stay in close contact with our members to share how this reality evolves and we will always consider the financial viability of our member organizations as an important factor in our decisions.

2. With a club like mine, if we don’t have a program during the summer our club will go bankrupt and will no longer be after this pandemic. I’m sure there are other clubs in the same boat, what is the plan from CKC to help support smaller clubs?

Our sincere hope is that we can emerge from the other end of this crisis with all our member organizations intact. We say this acknowledging the incredible strain a potential “no membership” season would have on our whole system. We are holding a specific Webinar on April 1st to provide further information regarding Federal and Provincial specific support which is emerging and seemingly increasing day by day. We will also be listening to specific challenges and answering questions on contingency planning and strategies for getting organizations through this difficult time. Based on those conversations, and the questions and feedback we have been getting from our members, we will continue to look at the ways we as a National Body can support our member organizations.

 

CKC KEY ACTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    • All CKC in-person events are suspended indefinitely, and we will continue to monitor this position based on all information that we receive and update our membership as this situation evolves.
    • Canceled – CKC-Sprint Racing Discipline (CKC-SRD) Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials April 16-19, 2020 in Gainesville, Georgia.
    • Suspended – 2020 Valleyfield Canoe Slalom Team Trials (planned for May 9-10, 2020)
    • CKC strongly urges that all member clubs and organizations suspend all in-person activities, refrain from any on-water activities, group training or any activity that requires travel from one location to another where contact with other individuals is possible.
    • Collectively work to support athletes and other members to continue home-based, safe activity in accordance with social-distancing protocols.
    • Critically, all individuals who are returning from international travel (including the United States) should observe a strict 14-day self-isolation protocol and be very conscious about the people they come into contact with, especially those who may be at high risk, such as elderly persons or those whose current health situation would put them at risk.

We have begun working with members and our partners as we look to the weeks and months ahead to form potential recommendations on paddling activity which respects social distancing requirements and takes safety into account.

Please note, regardless of other recommendations, CKC’s On-Water Safety Policies apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES

As the scope and longer-term reality of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, our immediate concerns for the health of all participants is joined by a concern for the financial viability of our Clubs, Provincial and Territorial Organizations and the hundreds of Canadians who are employed through our sport.

  • CKC has worked with Sport, Law and Strategy Group to provide an initial overview of the Financial Support for Sport Organizations (Updated March 25) that are part of the announced Federal measures. We will continue to follow up with our Government partners as these measures roll out or new steps are undertaken. Significant Provincial and Territorial measures are also being put in place, and we will work with all partners to understand and communicate what becomes available.
  • CKC will continue to work with our Federal and Sport Partners and our PTSO members to coordinate communication and response to the organizational and financial challenges the pandemic is presenting to our sport community.

 

CKC UPDATES

Monday, March 23, 2020

MARCH 23, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — CKC is asking all members to respect the Government of Canada’s direction to carefully follow social distancing practices. Now is the opportunity for us to be diligent leaders in our communities, through our actions we can contribute to the global efforts to control of the spread of this virus. CKC again strongly urges all member clubs and organizations to suspend all in-person activities and instead work to support athletes and other members to continue safe activity in strict accordance with home based social-distancing protocols…READ FULL STATEMENT.

MARCH 23, 2020 – LETTER TO ATHLETES FROM HUGUES FOURNEL — To all Canoe-kayak athletes training for Tokyo 2020. I’m writing these words with a heavy heart. Having grown up with a father that was nominated for the 1980 Moscow Olympics and then boycotted a few months before, also having trained and qualified for two different Olympic games which one of them was the result of an unfair doping scandal, I can only imagine and feel the nightmare you are facing right now…READ FULL LETTER.

MARCH 23, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) applauds the leadership of the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee in taking decisive action to protect the health and wellbeing of our athletes and the community. We also fully support advocating for postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games until 2021. “On behalf of our Team we want to applaud the leadership of COC in making this difficult but necessary decision to not attend the Olympic and Paralympic Games as currently scheduled,” said CKC Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “It has been a stressful week for our athletes with the cancellation of Florida Training Camp and Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials but they have been extremely supportive of prioritizing health and safety.  The COC decision provides some much needed certainty and on behalf of CKC I would like to thank them for being leaders for us and the international sport community.”…READ FULL STATEMENT.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

MARCH 22, 2020 – TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020. The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

MARCH 18, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — As the scope and longer term reality of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, our immediate concerns for health of all participants is joined by a concern for the financial viability of our Clubs, Provincial and Territorial Organizations and the hundreds of Canadians who are employed through our sport. This morning, the Federal Government announced significant financial support measures, which along with Provincial measures could provide relief to our community. We will work with our own team here at CKC and with our key partners in Government and the sport sector to provide guidance on what financial support and programs are being made available and any way we can assist in this support reaching those in our community who could be in need…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

Monday, March 16, 2020

MARCH 16, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — The CKC specific leadership task force of Senior Staff, medical experts, legal counsel and representative board members has continued to meet to monitor and adjust our organizational response to the pandemic. Based on this on-going process the following measures and recommendations are effective immediately: CKC has closed its office in Ottawa effective immediately. Staff will be working remotely and will be accessible via email and phone. Please note that CKC’s operations will be focused on our collective response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and other operations may be de-prioritized in the short term…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

MARCH 14, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the CKC-Sprint Racing Discipline (CKC-SRD) Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials scheduled for April 16-19, 2020 in Gainesville, Georgia. This decision has been made in light of the rapidly changing landscape related to the COVID-19 health pandemic and in the interest of ensuring the health and well-being of all of our athletes, coaches and staff…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

Thursday March 12, 2020

MARCH 12, 2020 – OTTAWA, ON — Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) continues to monitor the rapidly changing landscape related to COVID-19 and its potential impact on the well-being of our athletes and coaches. To date, much of our information has come from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the International Canoe Federation (ICF), all of whom are following the World Health Organization lead on appropriate actions and precautionary measures…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

PARTNER UPDATES

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

MARCH 25, 2020 – NAIG 2020 POSTPONES JULY GAMESThe North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) Council and NAIG 2020 Host Society are announcing to all our athletes, funders, partners and friends that the Games, scheduled to be held July 12 – 18 in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Aldershot and Millbrook, have been postponed due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. During the coming weeks, NAIG Council and the NAIG 2020 team, along with funders and partners, will be exploring options around the postponement…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

MARCH 24, 2020 – JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AND THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEEThe President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020…READ FULL STATEMENT.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CKC Mental Health Infographic

CKC Risk Assessment

Managing Your Sport Organization in the COVID-19 Environment

World Health Organization (WHO)

Government of Canada

Ottawa Public Health – Self – Isolation Protocol and Information