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Province of Ontario Regulations come into effect.
Submitted By KMHA on Wednesday, September 22, 2021
KMHA would like to ensure that parents in our programs understand the difference between OWHA, Alliance, and Ontario COVID Vaccination Requirements and plans.




As of today September 22nd 2021 The Province of Ontario regulations requiring spectators at sporting events to be vaccinated have come into force.  These requirements are being monitored by facilities around the province and may be enhanced or supplemented by PHU, Municipalities, PSO's, Associations, or the facilities themselves.   What does this mean for you the Hockey parent...

Like attending a restaurant indoors or a store you will be required by the province, (enforced by the facility) to provide proof of vaccination and ID upon arrival at a facility.   The governments legislation is requiring full vaccination proof as of today.  This has been advertised by the province on the news, through social media and other sources for many weeks now, although we do understand the details were not available till just recently.  Please also note that youth 12 and over spectating are also required to provide proof of vaccination to enter the building. The City of Kitchener has resources posted at Proof of vaccine required at City of Kitchener facilities - City of Kitchener. Here is a chart outlining the details in a simple format.



Alliance Policy
Now the above differs from the Alliance Hockey Policy KMHA has informed you about. The Alliance policy requires  all Alliance program participants 12 and over including coaches, players, volunteers and staff to provide proof of vaccination to participate. Exemptions under the OHRC are available as outlined below. This policy is phased in with only the 1st dose required as of Sept 17th and the Second dose required for Oct 17th with a 2 week waiting period to be fully vaccinated realized by  Oct 31st.  KMHA has been collecting these proofs of vaccination on our website to assist in facilitating a speedy entry to the arena and help manage a coaches work load at this busy time of year.  A parent's role is to submit your players  proof of vaccination via one of the following on-line forms (files are stored on a protected and encrypted server and will be destroyed once no longer required):

 

Players please submit HERE.

Volunteers, and Staff please submit HERE.

In order to submit your documentation the following steps must be completed.
Retrieve you proof of vaccination. In compliance with Alliance policy the following forms are considered acceptable evidence of vaccination:

•  A digital or physical Dose Administration Receipt

•  Provincial Government issued verification passport

You may request your vaccination receipt by following this link.

How to obtain proof of your Vaccination (Ontario COVID Vaccination Service – Ontario Health)

Should you wish to seek an exemption to this policy under the OHRC details and applications can be found at RETURN TO HOCKEY PLAN (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario) (alliancehockey.com). Through Policy design KMHA is not involved in the adjudication process.

In this process Parents are not required to provide proof of vaccination to KMHA. 

OWHA Policy
The OWHA just completed their detailed explanation of their policy tonight  in a late meeting and KMHA has established its own meeting tomorrow to explore that policy and determine how we will move forward to enforce or supplement that policy in the best way for the local program.  Further details will be provided ASAP. 

KMHA understands this is all confusing and that multiple policies are at play effecting everyone's ability to have a clear and explained pathway to participation and on top of it things remain fluid and ever changing. We will endeavor to assist in explaining any of these policies as they are communicated to us as well as advocate on behalf of our player base for clear information from the sources of these policies. We ask that you remain patient, calm and most of all work with the people in the arenas whether KMHA volunteers, staff or Arena staff trying to ensure that the Hockey programs are able to operate this season despite all the rules and red tape.  If at anytime you feel that it has become too much, you may reach out with questions to [email protected] 

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