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COVID 19 update Sharing Information during Uncertain Times

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 continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19. 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 during this rapidly changing and unprecedented times.

We have heard from many organizational leaders and individuals within our soccer and sporting communities, all expressing similar concerns; everything from when we will get back to playing our sport, to ensuring the health/safety of our people is the priority, to the economic impact COVID-19 will have on our sector in both the short and longer-term. These concerns are not lost on us and we share them with you, not only in our province with our members, clubs, and communities but also across the country. We too are working through this difficult, uncertain and unpreceded time with optimism for when we will get back to some form of soccer normalcy soon.

Announcements have been made at the federal and provincial government levels over the last few days/weeks, speaking to the economic impact of COVID-19 on businesses and individuals. To help support our members, affiliated clubs and the people within our communities, we have listed below some of the items that may support you while managing your soccer organization during this uncertain time.

As we all know the situation is changing on a daily basis, therefore, we have used our best efforts to have the most up to date information for you, however, we suggest you use the links provided to ensure the information is the most current.


Federal Government Financial Initiatives: Canada's Covid-19 Economic Response Plan

Support for Individuals – Available Immediately

Flexibility for Taxpayers

  • Deferral of 2019 income tax filing until June 1, 2020
  • Deferral of income tax payments until After August 31, 2020.  This includes amounts owed on 2019 income tax filing as well as 2020 installment payments.  No penalties or interest will be charged

Support for Individuals – Awaiting Royal Assent

  • Goods & Services Tax Credit: Low- and modest-income families who qualify for the Goods and Services Tax Credit can receive a one-time HST payment by early May 2020 of approximately $400 for singles and $600 for couples. 
  • Canada Child Benefit: An additional $300/child as part of their May 2020 payment
  • Canada Student Loans: 6-month interest-free moratorium on repayment for Canada Student Loans
  • Mortgage Default Management tools: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp is providing mortgage payment relief by permitting lenders to allow payment deferral.  Contact mortgage provider for details.

Important Note: As of March 26, 2020, it is our understanding that these initiatives are not approved as there are limited details available. Please check the following link for the most up to date information  - https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html?mc_cid=a8795eede8&mc_eid=57ad4396aa


Support for Workers – Requiring Royal Assent

Emergency Response Benefit: To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. More information can be found here - https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html

Additional benefits:  For individuals without paid sick leave who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children or someone who is sick:

  • 1 week waiting period for Employment Insurance claims removed for those individuals forced or recommended to be in quarantine or isolation. 
  • Waiving the requirement to provide medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits

Provincial and Territorial Government Business and Employee Initiatives

Most provinces have announced some form of relief for businesses and employees in relation to COVID-19 as well as updated resources for those experiencing mental health challenges.  Here is the link to BC information - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support


BC Employment Standard Act

BC Soccer is not in the position to provide legal guidance regarding employment or temporary measures that organizations may choose to take. However, it is important to note that if organizations are considering temporary layoffs, they must abide by the BC Employment Standards Act.

We suggest you seek guidance from your legal counsel to ensure any steps you are considering are compliant with the act, linked here - https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/termination#laying-off

BC Soccer is also exploring ways to further support you in this and other areas.


Soccer Specific Reminders


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.