COVID-19 Statement and Updates

Last Updated: November 20, 2020, 2:30pm

November 20th 2020 Update

Office Operations:

Following the most recent information provided by the Province of British Columbia regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the HCBC Office remains open for mail and in person services, we do ask that all those entering the office wear a mask, sanitize your hands upon entry and maintain appropriate social distance. When possible, please phone ahead or order online bookstore orders so they can be prepared before your arrival. Some staff will be working from home and can be reached by phone or email, staff extensions and emails can be fund here: https://www.hcbc.ca/index.php/about/our-staff/. We appreciate your continued support at this time.

Horse Council BC – Office COVID-19 Safety Plan (updated 2020-11-20): HCBC covid-19-safety-plan-Return to the Office (v.UPDATED 2020-11-20)

Horse Council BC Update – November 20, 2020 

Regarding new Provincial Health Orders issued November 19, 2020

Please note this is in addition to current Return to Sport Guidelines outlining COVID 19 protocol. Any changes or further details will be posted as received by the Provincial Health Authority.

The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight and includes information about sport activities.

View the full update here.


During this unprecedented time, we are all looking for ways to connect and return to recreation and competition.  Horse Council BC is pleased to share “A Safe Return to Equestrian Sport & Recreation” Guidelines for the BC equestrian community.  These guidelines are a resource for Affiliates, Clubs, Facilities and Organizers to develop their own COVID-19 Safety Plans, and are intended to be a supplement to the the Provincial Government’s Restart Plan and viaSPORT’s COVID19 Protection – Return to Sport Guidelines.

HCBC Return to Sport Webpage


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

Office Operations

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 (v.UPDATED 2020-11-20)

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:

Government resources for Equestrian Facilities and Businesses:

Farm/Agricultural Resources:

Member Support Resources:

Webinar Series:

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.

Coaches and Instructors – Watch it back: Click here

Facilities – Watch it back: Click Here

Individual HCBC Members – Watch it back: Click here