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All OHA Teams requiring a Certificate of Insurance must follow the procedure below. This is a new method that has been initiated by the insurance providers in an effort to expedite requests.

CLICK HERE to request a Certificate of Insurance through BFL CANADA

Please Note:
The process can take up to 5 business days.

If you have any questions please contact:
Annette Stroyan, Finance Coordinator
519-622-2402 ext: 1
[email protected]

Step by Step Instructions

OHF – Unsanctioned League Policy

More Information:

Visit the OHF website for more information on High Performance 1:

Instructions for Completing the Injury Report

  1. The Injury Report is a two-page or back-to-back form. This form is to be used “only” by players registered within the Ontario Hockey Association. 
  2. Each section on the form must be completed. Incomplete forms will be returned for completion.
  3. It is suggested that you keep copies of everything for your files. Original forms and receipts must be mailed to the OHA office within 90 days of the date of injury.

Important note:  Any non-Canadian player must have a primary insurer in order to have coverage with Hockey Canada.

More Information

What is not covered by Hockey Canada: CLICK HERE

The claim submission process: CLICK HERE

When am I covered: CLICK HERE

Commonly Asked Questions: CLICK HERE

For more information on the Hockey Canada Insurance Program, please visit:

If you have any questions please contact:
Annette Stroyan, Finance Coordinator
519-622-2402 ext: 1
[email protected]

It is the policy of the Ontario Hockey Association that all coaches, trainers, managers, officials and anyone else determined by the Risk Assessment Tool (Appendix A), shall be subject to certain Criminal Record Checks which includes Vulnerable Sector and Sex Offender Checks.

Individuals with outstanding Criminal Code convictions or charges pending for certain offences shall not be eligible to hold the above positions or those association positions determined by the Risk Assessment Tool.

The offenses include:

  • Part VIII Criminal Code-Offences against Persons (3 yrs).
  • All forms of assault including sexual assault, assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm and aggravated sexual assault (3 years).
  • Sexual Exploitation (No Time Limit).
  • Sexual Interference (No Time Limit).
  • Sexual Touching (No Time Limit).
  • Child Pornography (No Time Limit).
  • Current prohibitions or probation orders forbidding the individual to have contact with children under the age of 14.
  • Using firearms in the commission of any offence (3 years).
  • Possession, possession for purpose of trafficking or production of drugs, robbery theft and related offenses (position of treasurer).
  • Impaired driving and included offenses (while license suspended) (3 years).

It is the responsibility of any person required to produce a Vulnerable Sector Search by virtue of this policy to advise their association’s professional designate responsible for Vulnerable Sector Searches in the Ontario Hockey Association of a charge or conviction of any offence listed in this Policy.

The OHA shall have a Professional Designate responsible for the collection and retention of Vulnerable Sector Searches to be secured in a safe storage area separate from Association files and under their control.

Ontario Hockey Association Vulnerable Sector Search Process

All individuals as outlined in the Ontario Hockey Association Vulnerable Sector Search Policy will obtain a Vulnerable Sector Search through their local Police Service.

Local Police Service Clearance

An individual wishing to use their local police services to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Search should go to local Police Service in the community in which they live.

The local police service may require you to produce two pieces of identification and ask you to sign a consent form to complete the check, you may also be required to produce a letter explaining you are a volunteer with a Junior Hockey team and are required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Search.

Depending on the volume of Vulnerable Sector Searches being processed, your local police service may take anywhere from 1 day to 3 months.  A fee may also be charged by your local police service.    

You may be required to pick up your Vulnerable Sector Search at your local police services once the search has been completed.

Upon receipt of your Vulnerable Sector Search you should place the completed forms in a sealed envelope identifying your name on the outside of the envelope and also mark the outside of the envelope Vulnerable Sector Search. Then you should send it into the OHA office. Upon receipt of the sealed envelope the OHA will record the name on the outside of the envelope and forward it to their professional designate for review. Upon review the professional designate will either approve the bench staff member for registration or reject them for registration. 

Download Criminal Offence Declaration Form


There are many options out there for players, but the OHA offers many advantages for players who need to make an educated choice regarding where they play hockey.

Be Part of the Family

  • Our association with Hockey Canada, the national governing body for hockey in Canada.
  • Our partnership with other hockey bodies in Ontario and Canada.
  • Our primary focus on providing opportunities for Canadian athletes.
  • Our contribution to the communities that we are part of.

Be Protected

  • Teams are subject to rules and processes that ensure viable operations for the long term.
  • Our responsibility to the communities that we are operating in.
  • Controlled player movement to ensure competitive balance among teams.
  • The BEST Insurance coverage available at a cost effective price.
    Programs to protect players both on and off the ice – player safety is a priority with our program.


Quality Programs

“Tomorrow’s Game” provides minimum operating standards for all teams to provide to players.

  • Best competition with reasonable travel distances with a focus on local area players.
  • Top officiating – promotes officials through the development programs all the way to the NHL.
  • Quality coaching committed to developing players.
  • Great fan support in local communities.
  • Enhanced program opportunities for players through Hockey Canada partnerships.

Player Exposure Opportunitie

  • Great partners to expose players for future growth – CJHL, OHL, NHL partnerships.
  • Numerous webcasting and local Television opportunities.
  • 1 million fans attend OHA Hockey games every season.

Cost Effective

All fees go towards enhanced player experiences – recruiting trips, showcase, all-star and other games.

  • Top quality equipment and player services, including billeting and insurance coverage.
  • Numerous scholarship and bursary programs available to our players.
  • Player growth opportunities through numerous community team initiatives… our players learn to be leaders.

Be part of the OHA ADVANTAGE!

The OHA Player Information Program (PIP) was developed to provide players in the Ontario Hockey Association with critical information about the OHA, rules, regulations & policies, and to ensure they are aware of their rights as a player. The PIP was created in conjunction with Momentum IT Group and consists of 7 online modules and tests for players to complete.

Topics in the program include:

  • OHA General Information
  • General Player FAQs
  • OHA Code of Conduct Policy
  • OHA Player Equipment Policies
  • OHA Policies on Hazing, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco
  • OHA Concussion Policy
  • OHA Policy on Harassment, Abuse, Bullying & Misconduct                                                                    

Those who do not complete the program before this date will may not be permitted to participate in the OHA until they have completed the program. 

Note: All new additions to teams following this date must complete the program by the team’s fourth game from the date of registration, if they have not already completed the program this season.
Compliance is monitored by the OHA Office, however it is expected that each team ensures that all of their players complete the PIP.


  1. Click here to enter the Player Information Program or visit:
  2. Select the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. (NOTE: All players must register for a new account, including returning players who completed the program last year.)
  3. Select your League/Division, followed by your team and then enter your first name, last name and email address.
  4. Check the box “I’m not a robot” and click “Register”.  
  5. You will receive an email with your account information and a temporary password (case sensitive).
  6. When you login the first time with your PIN and temporary password you will be asked to create your own password.  Once changed the temporary password in your original email will no longer work, but you will need the PIN code to access your account. 
  7. After you have created your new password you are ready to complete the 7 modules in the Player Information Program at your own pace, but ensure you have completed all 7 modules and passed all of the online tests before the deadline.
  8. Upon completion you will have the option to view/print the “Proof of Completion” Certificate.

Concussion Education and Awareness Program

The information below is from the Hockey Canada Concussion Toolkit.

All players who are suspected of having a concussion must be seen by a physician as soon as possible. A concussion is a brain injury. A concussion most often occurs without loss of consciousness. However, a concussion may involve loss of consciousness.

Any impact to the head, face or neck or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jolting of the head and results in the brain moving inside the skull may cause a concussion.

Symptoms and signs may have a delayed onset (may be worse later that day or even the next morning), so players should continue to be observed even after the initial symptoms and signs have returned to normal.

*A player may show any one or more of these symptoms or signs:


  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling dazed
  • Seeing stars
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Ringing in ears
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Confusion, disorientation


  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Poor concentration
  • Delayed responses to questions
  • Vacant stare
  • Decreased playing ability
  • Unusual emotions, personality change, and inappropriate behaviour
  • Sleep disturbance

For a complete list of symptoms and signs visit

RED FLAGS – If any of the following are observed or complaints reported following an injury, the player should be removed from play safely and immediately and your Emergency Action Plan initiated. Immediate assessment by a physician is required.

  • Neck pain or tenderness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Deteriorating conscious state
  • Double vision
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Increasingly restless, agitated or combative
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs


  • Recognize and remove the player from the current game or practice.
  • Do not leave the player alone, monitor symptoms and signs.
  • Do not administer medication.
  • Inform the coach, parent or guardian about the injury.
  • The player should be evaluated by a medical doctor as soon as possible.
  • The player must not return to play in that game or practice, and must follow the 6-step return to play strategy and receive medical clearance by a physician.

The return to play strategy is gradual, and begins after a doctor has given the player clearance to return to activity. If any symptoms/signs return during this process, the player must be re-evaluated by a physician. No return to play if any symptoms or signs persist. Remember, symptoms may return later that day or the next, not necessarily when exercising!



  1. Light activities of daily living which do not aggravate symptoms or make symptoms worse. Once tolerating step 1 without symptoms and signs, proceed to step 2 as directed by your physician.
  2. Light aerobic exercise, such as walking or stationary cycling. Monitor for symptoms and signs. No resistance training or weight lifting.
  3. Sport specific activities and training (e.g. skating).
  4. Drills without body contact. May add light resistance training and progress to heavier weights. The time needed to progress from non-contact to contact exercise will vary with the severity of the concussion and the player. Go to step 5 after medical clearance (reassessment and written note).
  5. Begin drills with body contact.
  6. Game play. (The earliest a concussed athlete should return to play is one week.)

Note: Players should proceed through the return to play steps only when they do not experience symptoms or signs and the physician has given clearance. Each step should be a minimum of one day (but could last longer depending on the player and the situation). If symptoms or signs return, the player should return to step 2 and be re-evaluated by a physician.

IMPORTANT – Young players will require a more conservative treatment. Return to play guidelines should be guided by the treating physician.


  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly and that the strap is fastened
  • Get a custom fitted mouthguard
  • Respect other players
  • No hits to the head
  • No hits from behind
  • Strong skill development

Coaches/Trainers/Safety Person/Referee

  • Eliminate all checks to the head
  • Eliminate all hits from behind
  • Recognize symptoms and signs of concussion
  • Inform and educate players about the risks of concussion

OHA Injury Reporting & Insurance:

Hockey Canada Concussion Toolbox:

Smart Hockey Program:

Dr. Tom Pashby Sport Safety Fund:

What is Respect in Sport?

Respect in Sport is the new alternative to the Hockey Canada and OHA mandated “Speak Out Program” which deals with the same issues and situations in an in-class setting.


About Respect in Sport:

Respect in Sport is Canada’s only on-line abuse, bullying, harassment and neglect prevention program for coaches and community leaders.  Founded in 2004 by partners Wayne McNeil and former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy, Respect in Sport has been developed in consultation with the Canadian Red Cross to protect youth, inform leaders and mitigate an organizations liability. Respect in Sport is an ideal solution for organizations looking for cost effective, consistent and empowering programs which can easily be delivered to your entire membership.


Suggested User Instructions for Respect in Sport

The following brief instructions are provided to assist you with accessing and advancing through Respect in Sport.

Registering for Respect in SportCLICK HERE

  • Click on the link above to access the program. By default the system will load in English. Click the word “French” to translate the page.
  • Select “Register a New User”.
  • Create a username and password for yourself to enter in the appropriate fields. Respect Group Inc. recommends using an email as a username as this is generally unique to an individual and not easily forgotten.
  • COMPLETE ALL FIELDS CORRECTLY.  Any field identified with a RED X is a mandatory field and must be completed. Other fields are considered optional but are requested by the OHA.
  • Any field with a “?” in a circle beside the RED X has a tool tip. If you run your mouse over the tool tip, more information about that field will be displayed.
  • Review and accept the Respect Group Inc. privacy policy.
  • Click Submit at the bottom of the page.
  • On successful registration submission, you will have a “Continue Registration” page displayed. This page displays the cost of the program. Click Purchase.
  • A new page will be displayed indicating what program access you are purchasing. All transactions will be completed via PayPal. Click “Proceed to Checkout” to complete the purchase. This transaction will take place on the secure PayPal website. Respect Group Inc. personnel and systems will never have access to credit card information.
  • Once purchase has been completed, you will have access to Respect in Sport.
  • Once in the program, click on your language of choice to access the program content pages.
  • Enjoy Respect in Sport!

Re-accessing Respect in Sport

  • Click on the link above to access the program. By default the system will load in English. Click the word “French” to translate the page.
  • Enter the username and password you entered while registering for the program.
  • Enjoy Respect in Sport!

Support Tools

  • The front page of the program contains a number of support tools for the user. These include, retrieve username, retrieve password, look-up your certificate number. Click on these buttons to find this information.
  • If you experience any technical problems during this course, please refer to the HELP section accessible at the left side of the program content page.