HCBC, with guidance from the Government of British Columbia, will continue to monitor the situation and advise on this status as new information becomes available.
All members are reminded to follow the advice of British Columbia’s Chief Medical Officer and all levels of Government. Additional details and up-to-date information can be found on the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control webpage.
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
BC Ministry of Health
Federal Ministry of Health Current COVID-19 Updates
Return to Sport/Activity Resources:
HCBC Members’ Update on “RETURN TO SPORT”. Click here to view the statement from June 9 2020
viaSport has released the Return to Sport Guidelines to help sport organizations across British Columbia develop their own plans for a safe return to sport in communities around the province.
Return to Sport Guidelines Webinar
Return to Sport Message from the Honorable Lisa Beare
Government of BC’s Key Steps to Safely Operating Your Business Checklist
Return to Competition Guidelines for the Sport Horse Following a Break in Training Due to COVID-19 from Equestrian Canada.
Resources from WorkSafe BC for Employers:
- Like essential services during the pandemic, all employers must demonstrate that they can operate safely. In fact, all employers are required under the Workers Compensation Act to ensure the safety of their employees at work.
- As local businesses, non-profits and organizations plan for their restart, WorkSafe BC is here to help.
- WorkSafe BC will work with industry associations to ensure the direction and guidance they provide to their members meets the requirements set out by the Provincial Health Officer.
- WorkSafeBC will work with employers and workers through educational materials, consultation, and workplace inspections to help them restart safely.
Employers will be required to:
Sectors that have operated during the pandemic may need to update their COVID-19 Safe Plans to fit with updated Health and Safety Guidelines, best practices and resources.
WorkSafeBC, COVID-19 and returning to safe operation – Phase 2 https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation
For resources, visit the WorkSafeBC website or call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line at 1-888-621-7233
As of July 27th the HCBC Office will be returning to regular operating hours. Our Covid-19 Safety Plan can be viewed here: HCBC covid-19-safety-plan-Return to the Office (v2020-07-25)
Events & HCBC/EC Sanctioned Competitions
Updated March 30th 2020
Following the most recent information provided by the Province of British Columbia regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Horse Council BC has suspended all activities effective Monday March 16th through to June 30th (subject to change). This includes, but is not limited to, all HCBC and Equestrian Canada Sanctioned competitions, events and clinics.
The initial return to competition was set for April 12, 2020, but has been extended due to federal government and public health authority directives to limit COVID-19 transmission. 84 EC sanctioned competitions were scheduled during the timeline of March 16 to June 30, 2020. No competitions will be sanctioned by either EC or the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) for the period of suspension. Read the full statement here.
Equestrian Facility Operations
In an effort to minimize the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), Equestrian Canada (EC) and the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs) recommend the following as best practices concerning equestrian facility operations, consistent with the recommendations of applicable health authorities.
CapriCMW Update: COVID-19 Precautions for Equestrians and Commercial Equine Enterprise Operations:
COVID-19 – FAQ – Equine – July2020 v3 – updated July 17
Additional resources for Equestrian Facilities and Businesses:
- Financial Resources for Equine Farms and Equestrian Facilities – From Equestrian Canada, a list of resources for equine farm or equestrian facilities from financial to insurance.
- Wage Subsidy Calculator – To help employers keep and re-hire workers amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is implementing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). This important economic measure provides a 75% wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week, to eligible employers, for up to 12 weeks, preventing further job losses and encouraging employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
- B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers – B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.
- Western Canadian Farriers Association Health Protocols – Resource for health protocols from the Western Canadian Farriers Association
- Equestrian Canada Recommendations for COVID-19 Return to Business Operations – This document is designed as a framework for equine and equestrian facilities to develop a return to business operations plan based on protocols provided by provincial and federal health organizations post-pandemic. Facilities that develop a plan based on this framework will be prepared to resume operations as soon as provincial and federal legislation allows.
- Sport Law and Strategy Group, RETURNING TO PARTICIPATION UNDER COVID-19: UPDATING YOUR WAIVERS AND FORMS information for businesses
- Canada Emergency Business Account – The expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is now open for applications. This means that more small businesses can access it.
Government resources for Equestrian Facilities and Businesses:
Member Support Resources:
These free webinars provided members with an opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A seminar about insurance and the equestrian industry and how it relates to you during these challenging times. Featuring Mike King our insurance provider at CapriCMW Inc.