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Stay at Home Order Extended

On May 13, 2021, Premier Ford announced a further extension to the government’s current Stay at Home Order and their continuation of the current Regulations governing organizations in lockdown until at least June 2nd. There have been strong indications that despite efforts from various groups encouraging and promoting the opening of outdoor recreational amenities and associated activities, the government is not changing their direction in this area. Ontario Sailing is actively working to ensure our activities will be permitted as soon as possible. Please note we must do this with our partners as we are limited in our activities due to being a government-funded organization. These efforts also need to be mindful of the public perception of sailing and boating organizations in every community. We will continue to communicate as any changes in Regulations take place.
The outlook for the bulk of the summer remains positive. Cases of COVID continue to drop during this current period as vaccinations rise moving us towards being able to be open more with less concerns. We all need to do our part to ensure people are not congregating and as a province we can get our numbers down so that we can safely resume activities and get out on the water.
Please do your part, stay safe and follow public health guidelines – together we will get there!

Still Time to Sign Up for our
Free Spring Development Sessions

Tomorrow & Sunday
May 15th & 16th

Athlete Pathway Session
Saturday, May 15, 2021 (12 noon – 1:00pm ET)

Coach Development Session
Sunday, May 16, 2021 (12 noon – 1:00pm ET)
Competition Development Coach Candidates
2021 Clinic

Sail Canada is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from qualified coaches who are interested in participating in a Competition Development Coach Course in 2021.

The format of Competition Development Course may be different than past years due to COVID restrictions. At this time, Sail Canada is looking to gauge interest in running the course. Dates and locations have yet to be determined.

Deadline for submissions: May 20, 2021 ET

Strategic Planning Survey

Thanks so much for the overwhelming response to date on the survey we are conducting as we gather information to help build our next strategic plan!

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, the survey is still open and we would love to hear from you!

We are especially hoping to hear a wide variety of perspectives including those in leadership roles at all our member organizations. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts.

The survey will be available to complete until Friday, May 21, 2021 at noon ET.

Position: Communications & Administrative Assistant

Type of Position: Full Time Seasonal

Employment Dates: June 21st to August 27th, 2021 (Proposed - 10-week Contract)

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, May 17, 2021 at noon ET

Ontario Sailing is seeking a Communications Officer to support our team. Individuals in this role will have hands on responsibility for providing support to our diverse communications. Due to government funding requirements, certain restrictions apply. Check out the details below. We look forward to connecting with you!
Ontario Sailing is pleased to announce that we have a new insurance brokerage - Gallagher Insurance Canada. Brent Brandham, VP of Sports and Recreation, is our named broker.
Brent has many years of experience in the sport and recreation field and is working very hard to develop a made-in-Ontario group insurance program for our valued member organizations.
By selecting Gallagher Canada, we join the family with Sail Canada and their assorted insurance products as Gallagher is their broker as well.
We are hosting a session for our member organizations on the ever changing world of insurance on Thursday May 27, 2021 from 7:00 - 8:15 pm ET. Brent and his colleagues will be presenting how insurance is changing, what packages organizations should have for their various activities, and how working together as a group may benefit rates.

After registering below, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
We will also be hosting, the following week, a session on Personal Lines Insurance hosted by experts at Gallagher from their Skippers Plan Boat Insurance Program. Learn more about individual boat insurance as well as how the Sail Canada Home and Auto Insurance program can offer members exceptional coverage and potential savings. More information and details on this session will be shared shortly.
Assistant Race Officer Training for Women

May 26 & 27, 2021

This all-women event provides a new context for participants who want to learn more about how sailboat races are run. This collaborative learning environment seeks to establish a space where women can come together to better their race management skills. Participants will have the opportunity to work with and learn from two female Sail Canada Race Management Instructors. In the sharing of ideas and experiences, participants will not only earn their ARO certification, they will be able to make lasting connections with other women in sailing.
Bylaws, Directors and Not for Profit Governance

While the provincial government has had a new Not for Profit Corporations Act passed and awaiting assent for several years, in 2020 they passed a one-year extension to this Act which strongly demonstrates that this new Act will be passed sometime in 2021.

What does this mean for Not-for-Profit sailing organizations incorporated in Ontario?
It means that each organization will need to update and amend both their bylaws and their Articles of Incorporation to meet the new Act requirements.

Bylaws are governance documents to help guide the governance aspects only of the organization based around the requirements of the Act. Bylaws should define the corporate membership (not the club or sailing membership) and the relationship of corporate members to the Board of Directors. The Act itself dictates many items including the overall legal responsibilities that Directors need to abide by.

What exactly needs to be changed in bylaws varies for each organization depending on their current bylaws and practices. Some common errors that we see in bylaws:
  • Operational items are included that really should be policies & procedures
  • Incorrect terminology such as Constitutions
  • Member meetings not following requirements or mixing in operations
  • Membership in bylaws including operation details and categories
  • Missing legally required pieces
  • Directors are not empowered to make decisions they are legally required to address
  • Conflicts between sections of the documents

Ontario Sailing’s COAST program provides resources for all member organizations to help ensure bylaws both meet the requirements under law and are following the best practices for governance documents. Lisa Roddie, COAST Manager, is available to review each of our member organization’s bylaws and provide feedback to help organize documents with you. Board members are welcome to reach out ( to access assistance with your documents.
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COVID-19 Updates

Updates regarding COVID-19 can be found on the front page of our website at
We update this page on a regular basis so be sure to check back often.

Although the Ontario Sailing office is closed as staff participate in physical distancing, staff can be reached directly by email. A list of staff email addresses can be found at  along with staff responsibilities.
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