COVID-19

Orienteering in Canada and COVID-19

Orienteering Canada communication regarding COVID-19 will be on this page.


All orienteering clubs and associations must monitor information and advice of the Government of Canada and public health authorities in their respective provincial/territorial jurisdictions, as well as that of their municipal and/or local health authorities, to assess the risks and to make the best decision for their organization’s programs.


Updates from Orienteering Canada

>>September 10, 2020 > Orienteering Canada’s Management Plan for COVID-19 Risks has been updated to make this clarification:
“Sanctioned orienteering activities will be club level events only.  Travel to events hosted by another club should not be encouraged. An exception may be made for geographically close “partner” clubs that usually and regularly share events.

>>August 25, 2020 > Orienteering Canada’s Management Plan for COVID-19 Risks has been updated. As of August 25th, 2020 club-level competitive orienteering is permitted, and the use of SportIdent (SI) timing equipment is permitted. 
The Orienteering Canada Risk Mitigation Tool for Clubs and Associations and the Guidelines for Individuals have been updated to reflect the updated Management Plan. Please read these updated documents on this page as we have updated specific recommendations for various elements of an orienteering event (use of SI, recommendations around lending and renting SI sticks and compasses, suggestion for orienteers to carry hand sanitizer while orienteering, download procedure, etc.)
Inter-club competitive orienteering is not permitted at this time. Travel to events hosted by another club should not be encouraged. No championship events (i.e. provincial/territorial championships and up) will be sanctioned in 2020.

>>July 16, 2020 > Regarding coached orienteering programming, we originally planned to write specific guidelines for orienteering summer camps and coached orienteering programming. Given the variety of programming and the differences in return-to-sport stages across the country, we have come to the conclusion that it is impractical to write specific guidelines. Clubs should adapt the elements of the Orienteering Canada Management Plan for COVD-19 Risks for the orienteering specific elements of their programming and follow the guidelines of the relevant Health Authorities for summer camps and/or recreational programming. Please contact us with any specific questions or concerns.

>>July 16, 2020 > The Risk Mitigation Tool has been updated to indicate that 1) using touchless SI Air finger sticks is appropriate, and 2) organizers should not provide any water on the course. Participants should carry their own water.
Orienteering Canada maintains its recommendation that SI equipment not be used at this time (unless it’s SI Air). Orienteering Canada will revisit that recommendation at the end of August and will post any updates by Sept 7th.

>>June 22, 2020 > Please note that the Guidelines for Self-Directed Activities are still relevant for all self-directed activities. A participant doing self-directed activities does not need to fill out the Declaration of Health as they will not be interacting with other participants and officials. They will need to sign the new waiver (adults) or assumption of risk (minors).

>> June 17, 2020 > Orienteering Canada recommendations for Managing Covid-19 Risks in orienteering as restrictions start to lessen across the country
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, Orienteering Canada supports a progressive return to orienteering. Being outside, moving our bodies, and using our minds is critically important for our physical and mental well-being. If you live in a region where confinement measures have been lifted or modified by government authorities, your orienteering club/association may consider organizing modified orienteering activities, in addition to the self-directed orienteering activities that they may have been organizing over the past few months. With these new modified orienteering activities, it is important to remember that the only training activities are permitted; there will be no competitive events. The focus and expectations must be shifted away from timed, competitive events to the opportunity to be outside, doing a sport we enjoy, respecting our collective responsibilities to health and safety, and being extra-appreciative to the officials who are creating opportunities to orienteer. 
The Orienteering Canada Management Plan for COVID-19 Risks is to be implemented in conjunction with the guidelines of your region’s health authorities and government. Clubs should check if there is a need for approval from their provincial/territorial orienteering association before organizing any modified orienteering activities. The Management Plan provides a summary of all the elements required to allow for a progressive return to orienteering and explains the related documents that make up part of the plan. 

  1. Orienteering Canada Management Plan For COVID-19 Risks – the overarching document that explains the overall plan
  2. Orienteering Canada Risk Mitigation Tool for Clubs and Associations – a spreadsheet to help clubs/associations adjust their activities to reduce risks related to COVID-19.
  3. A new waiver for adults* – includes a COVID-19 clause
    • Word doc /English – this cannot be altered in away way
    • pdf /English
    • Word doc /French – this cannot be altered in away way
    • pdf /French
  4. A new assumption of risk for minors* – includes a COVID-19 clause
    • Word doc /English – this cannot be altered in away way
    • pdf /English
    • Word doc /French – this cannot be altered in away way
    • pdf /French
  5. A Declaration of Health to be completed by each individual at each activity.
  6. Orienteering Canada Guidelines for Individuals for Club Orienteering Activities – information for individual orienteers.

It is important to note that Orienteering Canada’s insurance does not cover any liability related to Infectious Diseases, including COVD-19. This is the case for the vast majority of sports in Canada. There is a possibility that the option to purchase insurance related to COVID-19 may become available in the future. The steps outlined in Orienteering Canada’s Management Plan for COVID-19 Risks are to be followed regardless of whether we have COVID-19 specific insurance or not.

>>June 8, 2020 > Orienteering Canada guidelines for self-directed orienteering events. (June 22 update, these guidelines are still relevant for all self-directed activities. A participant doing self-directed activities does not need to fill out the Declaration of Health as they will not be interacting with other participants and officials. They will need to sign the new waiver (adults) or assumption of risk (minors).

>>May 25, 2020 > Orienteering Canada’s communication (May 25th) regarding orienteering and our insurance.

>>March 25, 2020 > Orienteering Canada’s communication (March 25th) about organizing semi-permanent events and other activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

>>Canadian Clubs and Associations can use Orienteering Canada’s conference call line or Zoom license for meetings and programming. Contact tracy@orienteering.ca for details and to schedule.

>>The Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival (including the Canadian Orienteering Championships have been postponed until 2021. More info. The organizers will be meeting in June to determine new dates for 2021. Visit the IOF’s page for updates regarding IOF sanctioned events.

>>Visit the IOF’s COVID page for the latest news on IOF sanctioned events.


Relevant links from the Canadian sport community

  • Latest update from the Sport Medicine Advisory Committee – May 21, 2020 update – english / french

The following resources provide updates from the government and relevant health authorities about the current status of COVID 19 and up to date recommendations and best practices: