This page contains information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's impacts on GCGH, and important resources for parents, coaches, and skaters.

Coaching staff/ Volunteer/Spectator Vaccine Clarification

We wanted to clarify the previously announced requirements.

GCGH has two very important goals as we continue to navigate through Covid over the next few months.

  • To provide the safest environment possible for our players, staff, volunteers, and parents.
  • To keep the kids on the ice for as long and as much as possible.

To achieve these goals, we are requiring that coaches, team staff and all other volunteers of GCGH be fully vaccinated by October 17.  This approach provides the safest environment for our players and volunteers and is even more important with the emergence of the Delta strain and the current fourth wave.

In summary, if you have not received your first shot by September 12, you can no longer be a volunteer for GCGH for the upcoming season. This will be a requirement for all positions moving forward.

If you are entering the rink as a spectator, you will need to provide proof of being fully vaccinated as of September 22.  Although there are medical exemptions, we have been notified by the City of Ottawa that there are no exemptions for arena entrance based on religion.  If you have any questions on this, please contact the Province of Ontario.

OWHA - COVID & Vaccine

OWHA has stated that they are no longer mandating the vaccine for kids 12-17 years old to participate in OWHA sanctioned activities.

At this time, GCGH will not have a vaccine mandate for players aged 12-17 however, there may be instances where unvaccinated players will not be able to participate in activities due to the arena or tournament restrictions.  If your child cannot participate in any event (games, practices) or at a tournament due to being unvaccinated, there will be no refund of registration or team-related fees.  GCGH will continue to monitor all developments on this front and reserves the right to make changes to this position in the future.

Any resistance to these new guidelines/regulations/policies at a GCGH activity or any form of negative comments/behavior to a City of Ottawa employee or GCGH staff, coach, board member or ANY volunteer will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal from their team.

If you have any questions regarding vaccination, please email our Risk Director.