Author: William Lee

Update on the Ontario Dressing Room Policy

BACKGROUND

The THREE (3) Hockey Canada Members in Ontario – Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO)Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO), the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF), have had a dressing room policy since 2009 and was updated in 2016. Both policies were created in conjunction with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In 2023, Hockey Canada passed a new Dressing Room Policy that was not in complete agreement with the Ontario Dressing Room Policy.

TODAY

Hockey Canada and the 3 Ontario Members have worked together to draft a new policy that meets both the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal requirements and satisfies the new Hockey Canada Dressing Room Policy. The new Ontario Dressing Room Policy applies to Minor Hockey Associations at both recreational and competitive programming. It does not apply to Junior Hockey.

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On February 1, 2024, the new hybrid policy will be in place and is another step towards creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for all players, while enhancing the safety of Minor Hockey participants through proper supervision and minimum clothing expectations.

Ontario Dressing Room Policy

On Friday, January 12 and Monday, January 15, Education Sessions were conducted and recorded.

There are still two (2) remaining Education Sessions being offered if you haven’t signed up yet:

·    Thursday, January 18, 2024 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST

·    Friday, January 19, 2024 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

If you are still unable to attend one of those sessions, please watch the recorded webinar.

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The presentation from the Education Session can also be downloaded

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The Implementation Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions documents are being finalized based on feedback during the calls to further assist coaches and associations in the implementation of the policy. They will be sent out prior to the implementation date of February 1, 2024.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email communications@ohf.on.ca