April 15 Update: Timeline extension, Programming updates, Virtual Training, and Federal Support Information

Information is being posted here for wider circulation, however the primary target audience is BC Soccer (full and associate) members and affiliated soccer clubs.

As we have expressed previously, we are working to provide information and updates to our members (full and associate) and affiliated soccer clubs to best support them as we assess and work through the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

Timeline Update
On March 19, 2020, we advised members and affiliated clubs to plan for no sanctioned soccer activity to occur in April 2020. As of today, April 15, 2020, we are extending this to May 15, 2020

Importantly, we are operating under the guidance from the appropriate health authorities, including the  Order of the Provincial Health Officer regarding mass gatherings and Canada Soccer’s Suspension of Sanctioned Soccer Activity.

We have been in regular communications with Canada Soccer regarding the suspension of all sanctioned soccer activity. They have advised that due to the uncertainty surrounding the impacts of COVID-19, they are not placing a timeframe on the suspension of soccer being lifted and will wait on decisions from appropriate health authorities. However, it is important to note that they have stated that regional differences will be taken into consideration and they will make decisions for BC in collaboration with BC Soccer and in alignment with the provincial health authorities.

Of course, if health authorities and Canada Soccer lift restrictions and the suspension, we will work to resume earlier.

Programming Updates and Information
As we work through these challenging and uncertain times, we continue to plan to get back to some form of soccer normalcy. In doing so, we are pleased to have shared over the last week or so, the following:

Further, we are working through the final stages with Canada Soccer to provide the theory/classroom portion online for community coaching courses (Active Start, Fundamental, Learn 2 Train and Soccer 4 Life). We are also working to do the same, in coordination with Canada Soccer, for the Referee Entry Level Clinic.

We are also continuing to work through the dates, time and information as outlined in our April 6, 2020 memo relating specifically to potential Provincial Cup delivery and Interior Season of play feasibility.

Virtual Training and Insurance
We are encouraged that the BC Soccer community is using this pause from play to explore on-line and virtual activities to remain engaged with participants and stakeholders.  While the Coastal Region participants are registered, we feel it’s important to remind all members and affiliated clubs that are offering virtual training sessions to ensure those participants are registered; allowing them to access insurance in the unlikely event of an injury during a virtual session. It is not our intent to prevent or stop virtual activity, rather inform our members and affiliated clubs and to ensure the safety and coverage of everyone participating. 

Thank you all for your patience and support as we work to navigate these challenging times.  

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
On April 2, 2020, we provided information on the Federal Wage Subsidy Program, which BC Soccer is exploring. Since then there has been more information provided. We have done our best to summary the information below, however, for the most accurate information we strongly suggest you review the information on the Canada Government website.

Program highlights:

Note: These are program highlights only – please take the time to read the details in the link above to see how the program applies to your organization.

  • Eligible employers include non-profit organizations and registered charities that have seen a drop of at least 15% in their March revenues (down from 30% in previously announced versions of the 75% subsidy program) and 30% in following months.
  • For non-profits and registered charities, the calculation includes “most forms of revenue” but excludes revenue from non-arm’s length persons.
  • A non-profit or charity can choose to include revenue from government sources or not, however, you must be consistent in your approach throughout the program period.
  • Subsidy applies to remuneration paid between March 15 and June 6 and is the greater of:
    • 75% of remuneration paid up to a maximum of $874/week; or
    • the amount of remuneration paid, up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week or 75% of the employee's pre-crisis weekly remuneration, whichever is less.
  • “Eligible remuneration” includes salary, wages, and other remuneration like taxable benefits.
  • For employers that are eligible for both the CEWS and the 10% wage subsidy for a period, any benefit from the 10% wage subsidy for remuneration paid in a specific period generally reduces the amount available to be claimed under the CEWS in that same period.
  • Payments will be made via cheque or direct deposit.

Applying for CEWS: Applications for the CEWS program must be made by your organization through the Canada Revenue Agency's “My Business Account” portal. No detailed information has been provided yet by the government, however, it is stated they it will be shortly.

The Canada Emergency Benefit Account (“CEBA”)
The CEBA is another part of the Federal Government’s COVID response that provides much needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.  It is 100% funded by the Government of Canada.

  • It is available to Canadian employers with $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019 and operating as of March 1, 2020. This includes smaller businesses and other eligible employers such as not-for-profits.
  • Under CEBA, financial institutions will be able to provide interest-free credit facilities of up to $40,000 to eligible businesses.
  • If the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, 25% (up to $10,000) will be forgiven.
  • If the loan is not repaid by December 31, 2022, the remaining balance will be converted to a three-year term loan at 5% interest.   

This program is now available at various financial institutions and credit unions.

If your organization is applying for a CEBA facility, most financial institutions are requesting that employers provide their T4 summaries from 2019.  Therefore, you should be prepared to provide that information.

CLICK HERE to view all the memos and informaiton BC Soccer has shared regarding the COVID-19 crisis, including the information within this article.

About BC Soccer
BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.