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COVID 19 Information and Reminders

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

Our collective communities are feeling the impacts of COVID-19. As the situation continues to change rapidly, BC Soccer is working to provide information and updates to our members (full and associate) and affiliated soccer clubs to best support them.


Reminders


Federal Government Wage Subsidy

The Federal Government announced on March 19, 2020 a Wage Subsidy that small businesses and non-profits may qualifies for. To summarize, the Federal Government has planned to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. They have stated that all will be able to benefit immediately from this support by reducing their remittances of income tax withheld on employees’ remuneration. As we currently understand it, there is no subsidy application and the process is to simply make the deduction on the CRA remittance.

More Information can be found here - https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html


Insurance Update – Markel Canada

BC Soccer is disappointed to inform the membership that on March 19, 2020 we were informed by our Insurance Broker (SBC Insurance Agencies Ltd.) that Markel Canada (insurance underwriter) has issued a Contagion Exclusion which basically states that effective April 1, 2020 there is an exclusion on covering claims related to COVID-19. CLICK HERE to review the notice we received. Further, aligned with the suspension of all sanctioned soccer activity, they have also advised us that we do not have any travel insurance. Once we get through the current situation, we will be able to once again obtain appropriate travel insurance to support our members and affiliated clubs.


Soccer Activity Occurring 

BC Soccer has received messages from people within the community (soccer and other) expressing concerns over seeing club teams and other groups practicing/play soccer.

BC Soccer reminds all members and affiliated clubs that if any members, affiliated clubs and teams are participating in such activity, it goes against the suspension of all soccer activity. Therefore, complaints received will be reviewed in accordance with the Judicial Code and Policies of BC Soccer.


Planning for Soccer Normalcy in a Respectful and Responsible Manner

It is a difficult and challenging time for everyone right now. Adding to this, is trying to plan for soccer activity in the future with the uncertainty on when the suspension will be lifted (which will need to be aligned to the local, regional and national health authorities).

We are all hopefully that we will get through this situation sooner rather than later and get back to more normal times. Further, we understand that organizations within our membership are working to plan for soccer to return at a point in the future. However, we encourage those organizations to be mindful of the impacts that COVID-19 is having on people and families within their communities (i.e. potential insecurity on employment, loss of income, etc.). Therefore, we suggest that any communications that an organization is sending out to its members, acknowledges the current situation we are all facing and provides appropriate accommodations under the circumstances. 


BC Soccer Office and Contacts

Please do not come to the BC Soccer office, rather connect with BC Soccer personnel via phone/e-mail.

We must also continue to work together as a collective community and follow the direction from the appropriate health authorities, which BC Soccer is doing.


Safety Precautions

As a reminder, please follow the direction from the appropriate health authorities and BC Centre for Disease Control recommendations the following for reducing the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently (it is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread).
  • Practice other good hygiene habits: do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with your hands and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (ideally with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched workspace surfaces.
  • Maintain good general health (eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, exercise in moderation).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Contact 8-1-1 (HealthLink BC) or your health care provider for questions about your personal health situation.

March 13, 2020 Announcements

CLICK HERE to view Canada Soccer’s March 13, 2020 announcement and CLICK HERE to view BC Soccer’s subsequent announcement.


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.