Major and elite-amateur sports leagues will return to play under new guidelines

OHL's Barrie Colts among the organizations permitted to return to play

The Barrie Colts could soon be taking to the ice, following the release of new return-to-play guidelines from Queen’s Park.

On Monday, the Ministry of Heritage, Tourism, Culture, and Sport released a new framework that outlines the minimum requirements that must be met for select Ontario professional and elite-amateur sports leagues to return to play. The framework mandates travel and quarantine requirements for players and staff, cohorts among athletes and other participants, private testing and screening, as well as control measures required at venues and facilities.

These guidelines apply to the following:

Professional sport leagues and events

  • American Hockey League
  • Canadian Elite Basketball League
  • Canadian Football League
  • Canadian Premier League
  • Major League Baseball
  • Major League Soccer
  • NBA G League
  • National Basketball Association
  • National Hockey League
  • National Lacrosse League
  • National Women’s Hockey League
  • Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association
  • USL League 1

Elite Amateur Leagues and Events

  • Canadian Hockey League, including the OHL’s Barrie Colts
  • Elite Baseball League of Ontario 18U Division
  • League 1 Ontario
  • Ontario Junior “A” Lacrosse League
  • Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association
  • Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse U19 “A” League
  • Provincial Women’s Hockey League

“This is an important first step to getting all Ontario athletes back to sport safely while supporting Ontario-based leagues and events that are strong local economic drivers and job creators,” said Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod.

While the framework does permit professional and elite-level amateurs to return to the game, amateur and recreational organized sports cannot resume until later stages in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen.