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Tools to help your curling club return to play

Curl BC has compiled a number of resources that may be helpful to curling centres and curlers during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you would like to see something added here please let us know by emailing Doug Sarti at dsarti@curlbc.ca or Kim Dennis kdennis@curlbc.ca 

See the Government of BC Response & Links to Health Orders below for more information on orders, proof of vaccinations, and other government resources

 

Return to Curling

Curling Club/Centre Resources

Curl BC’s Office Safety Plan and Illness Policy

Government of BC Response & Links to Health Orders

BC Response Resources:

  • Province Wide Restrictions: Click Here
    • Full List of Orders: Click Here
    • COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS INFORMATION AND
      PREVENTIVE MEASURES ORDER: Click Here
  • Proof of Vaccinations: Click Here
  • BC’s Restart Plan: Click Here
    • Starting July 1, 2021 we are in Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan
  • BC’s Response to Covid-19: Click Here
  • Covid-19 Paid Sick Leave: Click Here

Interior Health Resources

  • Interior Health Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement: Click Here
Societies Act Details

Your AGM and the Societies Act

Not sure if you want to hold your meetings online? Or maybe your bylaws prohibit it? Speak with Scott Braley to navigate the compliance issues that non-profit societies may face due to COVID-19. Scott is available at sbraley@curlbc.ca.

The Provincial Government has provided some information on AGMs in this link below:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/business/not-for-profit-organizations/societies-agm-covid-19

As a reminder, curling clubs, as societies in BC, are governed by the Societies Act, and by the club’s bylaws.  The Societies Act sets out minimum standards and guidelines for how societies in BC are organized, and how they conduct society meetings and business.  If the points below are not covered in a club’s bylaws, then a club can ‘default’ to the standards set out in the Societies Act.  However, if a club’s bylaws do address one or more of the points below, then the club’s bylaws take precedence over the Societies Act, and clubs must comply with their bylaws.

The parts of the Societies Act that are relevant to our current circumstances include:

Section 71 which provides that a society must have an AGM between January 1 and December 31 of each year.  Due to Covid-19 a ministerial order made on June 20, 2020, which allows societies to apply for an extension until November 1, 2020. So, in order to comply with the current orders from the Provincial Health officer, clubs may postpone their regularly scheduled AGM until November 1, 2021.  What this means is that if a club is not able to have an AGM before December 31, 2020, it may do one of the following:

  1. File an annual report that states that No AGM was held;
  2. Request an extension to have your AGM on or before November 1, 2021.

Whether you hold your AGM as regularly scheduled, or you are moving it to a later time in the year, clubs must still provide the minimum notice of AGM set out in the Societies Act or in your bylaws.  However, if you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to provide the minimum notice of AGM, you can ask your club members to waive the minimum notice and agree to a shorter period of notice.  Section 79 provides that club members may waive notice of a general meeting or agree to a reduced period of the notice of a general meeting.  If a club member attends the AGM, whether in person or via other means, that person has effectively waived their entitlement to the minimum notice requirements set out in the Societies Act or in the club bylaws.  The only exception is when a club member attends the AGM to object to not having received the minimum notice requirements and challenging the legality of the AGM.

Section 83 of the Societies Act permits a society to participate in an AGM “by telephone or other communications medium if all of the persons participating in the meeting, whether by telephone, by other communications medium or in person, are able to communicate with each other.”  So, clubs can hold an AGM via web or teleconferencing, unless your bylaws specifically call for an in-person meeting only. Clubs are not obligated to facilitate the use of any communications medium – meaning, clubs are not obligated to provide phones or laptops/desktops to facilitate an AGM by teleconference or by webconference.  If holding the AGM by teleconference or webconference, clubs must ensure that the votes are conducted in such a way that it is clear how members are voting.  So, it may be that everyone must be on video so that the club secretary/recorder can ‘count’ votes or you’ll actually have to take a poll of everyone who is on the teleconference.  A club’s bylaws may provide some direction on how votes are taken at a meeting, so you’ll have to consider that as well when thinking about holding an AGM via teleconference and/or webconference.

If you decide to hold an AGM via teleconference or webconference, the AGM must meet the quorum set out in the club bylaws.  And if quorum is not set out in the bylaws, then Section 82 of the Societies Act provides that you must have 3 voting members in order to transact business at the AGM.  The following would be considered business at the AGM:

  1. Election/Acclamation of Directors;
  2. Presentation and approval of financial statements for the past year;
  3. Presentation and approval of the budget for the upcoming year;
  4. Amendments/revisions/additions to the bylaws;
  5. Any resolutions put forward by members;
  6. Any other matters that would require a vote by the members.
WorksSafe BC

Communicable Disease Prevention: Click Here

Prevent the Spread Communicable Disease Poster Resources:

Financial Support & CRA

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Federal Wage Subsidy program will allow some curling clubs with paid employees to keep paying wages despite revenue decline. Details include the following:

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy could provide you with a subsidy for employee wages.
  • Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities.

More information is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Canada’s Economic Response Plan includes a program that some curling centres may be eligible for called the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). It will provide interest-free loans of up to $60,000, up from $40,000, to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

More information about this program and other federal programs is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Canada Recorvery Hiring Program (CRHP)

As a Canadian employer who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for one or two subsidies to cover part of your employee wages. The CRHP and CEWS support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or CEWS, whichver is higher.

Visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/recovery-hiring-program.html 

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Canadian businessesnon-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html

Financial resources for BC

  • Covid-19 Support for Businesses
  • Highlights include:
    • Enhanced tax flexibility — The Province is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for the PST, the Employer Health Tax, the municipal and regional district tax, the carbon tax, the motor fuel tax, among others to September 30, 2020
    • Deferral of carbon tax increase — The provincial carbon tax increase scheduled for April 1 will be delayed and reviewed by September 30
    • Tax relief for Class 4, 5, 6 property classes — School tax on the business property class as well as the light- and major-industry classes will be cut in half for 2020
    • Delay of new PST registration requirements — The new PST registration requirements on e-commerce and the implementation of PST on sweetened carbonated drinks will be delayed and their timing will be reviewed by September 30
    • BC Emergency Benefit for Workers — Tax-free one-time payment of $1,000 to British Columbians (EI-eligible and non-EI eligible) whose ability to work has been impacted by COVID-19, to be aligned with federal government program
    • Recovery Plan — $1.5 billion allocated to support long-term economic recovery, to be allocated once the pandemic has passed
  • COVID-19 Leave: Changes to Employment Standard Act — Employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19 related reasons are permitted to take unpaid, job-protected leave. This is retroactive to January 27, 2020.
  • Relief for BC Hydro customers — Targeted relief for small businesses that have been forced to close due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses will have their power bills waived from April to June 2020. Applications are now open. Major industries will have the opportunity to defer 50% of their payments for 3 months. Additionally, starting April 1, 2020, BC Hydro rates will be reduced by 1%.

CRA

Stay up to date on changes to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) services, due dates and programs affected by the pandemic: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update.html

Liability & Legal

Liability

Liability protection announcement: The Province has now acted to extend COVID-19 liability coverage to for-profit organizations through the COVID-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA). The regulation protects people (paid or volunteer) from proceedings for civil liability for damages resulting from transmission or exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. The regulation is retroactive to January 1, 2020 and will remain in force unless and until the CRMA is repealed. This addresses the liability concerns of private LSOs. Read the regulation here.

Legal

Covid-19 Employment Law questions answered over video courtesy of Kent Employment Law: https://kentemploymentlaw.com/covid-19-qa-videos/

viaSport

For all updates on Return to Sport visit: www.viasport.ca/return-sport

During the return to sport process, viaSport’s role is to focus on the safe return of participants to sport activities in B.C. This continues to be our number-one priority. For updates on facilities please contact your municipality, BC Recreation and Parks Association or Recreation Facilities Association of BC.

Sport organizations can/should:

  • Adapt your current COVID-19 Safety Plan by applying the appropriate protocols to align with B.C.’s Restart plan
  • Work with your insurance provider and/or legal council on risk mitigation
  • Maintain communications with your stakeholders around the status of return to sport plans
  • Consult your local health authority on their plans or guidelines for sport
  • Connect with your facility operators and municipalities to understand the protocols they have in place
  • Encourage your members to remain active while enjoying the outdoors and facilities that have opened in a safe manner
Curling Canada

National Grassroots Campaign Advocacy Toolkit

Waivers & Declarations *Updated September 13, 2021

Clubs can contact Kim Dennis kdennis@curlbc.ca for editable versions of the above documents.

ABLE BC

COVID-19 Resources

ABLE BC is here to help your liquor business as we move into a post-COVID-19 world.

Since the global outbreak, ABLE BC has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 to ensure our industry has all the necessary information to safely operate and survive this crisis.

Covid-19 Resources: Click Here

Mental Health Resources

Mental health

The BC Ministry of Health has created some tips to help people who are struggling with their mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health-safety/covid19_stressmanagement_5_accessible.pdf

Mental Health Digital Hub: A provincial website that provides information, services and education and awareness about mental health and substance use for adults, youth and children. www.gov.bc.ca/mentalhealth

Bounce Back: A free evidence-based program designed to help youth and adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood or stress, with or without anxiety. Bounce Back® teaches effective skills to help people improve their mental health. Call toll-free: 1 866 639-0522 or visit: www.bouncebackbc.ca.

MindHealthBC: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Health Care and community partners have created an online mental health counselling program. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health or substance use challenges, please visit the website for information and recommendations for further support in Vancouver, Richmond and other coastal communities. www.mindhealthbc.ca