At Curling Québec, we continue to work for you, our members, during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are on the lookout for any information that can be of use to you (as of August 30th, 2021).

Here you will find the latest news and links to guide you through your curling club’s reopening, as well as financial aid and subsidy funding available for clubs, employers and workers.

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Curling Club Management Information - September 2021

You can download this information in a pdf document here.

Vaccine Passport

  • The vaccine passport is required for all persons aged 13 and over starting September 1st, 2021;
  • Curling club management must put in place a verification tool (such as Vaxicode Verif);
  • Maintaining a sign-in registry remains a sound practice but is not mandatory;
  • If a positive Covid-19 case is registered, please communicate immediately with your regional public health office. They will inform you of the necessary steps required.

Curling

  • The maximum number of participants is set at 25 people per plateau;
  • One plateau includes one access point (entrance/door);
  • During the practice of curling, wearing a mask is not required;
  • Social distancing rules must be followed during all curling games (between the two teams, between skips, etc.);
  • If contact remains occasional and brief, games may be played “normally” with two sweepers working simultaneously.

 

Restaurant/bar information

 

Other important information

  • The safety of all (participants, employees, volunteers, etc.) should remain at the heart of your concerns and decisions;
  • For more detailed information, please contact your regional public health office;
  • Social distancing rules must be adhered to at all times within the clubs (ex: locker and changing rooms, lobbies, waiting areas, etc.);
  • Mask wearing remains mandatory when moving and walking about the curling club;
  • Review and update as needed your cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
  • Remain vigilant as these rules and guidelines may change at any time during the season.

 

Click on the image below to access the latest Government guidelines matrix (French only; August 27th 2021 version).

Return-to-Play Guidelines 2021-2022

Below you can download the Return-to-Play Guidelines, as published on August 3rd, 2021.

 

It is extremely important to note that these are general guidelines intended for all clubs across the country.  The recommendations and measures put in place by each provincial government must always be considered first and take precedence.

FSQ Covid-19 - Converting Memberships into Donations

Through the Fonds Sports-Québec program, which is only available to curling clubs affiliated with Curling Québec, it is now possible to convert a portion of unused memberships into tax-exempt donations for members.

 

Example: If your club decides to reimburse $50 of its annual membership fees to each of its members due to a shortened season, this amount may also be offered to your club as a donation rather than being returned to a member, if the latter accepts and approves the transaction.

 

To get started, and to download all necessary documents to launch this program for your club, please click here.

Support for Businesses

Below are the aid programs available to-date to businesses and individuals. Please click on the headings of the categories that apply to you.

 

We encourage you to try using Fundica, a tool developed by Desjardins to quickly and efficiently identify which financial aid programs are best suited to your curling club’s situation. This search tool is open to all; you do not need to be a client or member of Desjardins to use it.

You can get started by clicking here.

Avoiding Layoffs and Re-Hiring Employees
NEW PROGRAM: Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

For more details:  https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html  

 

NEW PROGRAM: Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Quebec (RRRF)

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

As a complement to Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government of Canada has established a Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), an initiative with an envelope of $211 million for Quebec.

The RRRF aims to help Quebec businesses and organizations that need immediate assistance with their cash flow. It is intended for all of Quebec’s economic sectors (aviation, cultural and sporting events, food production, manufacturing, retail, technology, tourism, etc.). Community organizations or social not-for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding. Certain eligibility restrictions apply to self-employed workers and sole proprietorships.

Check out the program details and Frequently asked questions to find out more about the terms of the RRRF.

 

THESE PROGRAMS REMAIN IN EFFECT⇓
CEWS – Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (75% of salaries)

We are covering a portion of an employee’s wages for eligible employers. The CEWS will allow you to re-hire your employees and avoid layoffs as the economy continues to safely reopen.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

 

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (10 %)

The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy is a three-month measure that allows eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/temporary-wage-subsidy.html

 

Extended to September 24th, 2022 – Work-Sharing Program

Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing/notice-covid-19.html

 

Access to Credit and Loans
CEBA – Canada Emergency Business Account (up to $60,000 loan – new conditions as of December 4th 2020)

https://ceba-cuec.ca/

As of October 26, 2020, eligibility for CEBA expanded by removing the previous March 1, 2020 condition for having an active business chequing/operating account. With this removal, eligible businesses can now apply after opening a business chequing/operating account with their primary financial institution.

As of December 4, 2020 approved CEBA applicants can now receive a $60,000 loan. CEBA applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply the CEBA expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 of financing.

Support for Businesses – Complete list of available resources and programs

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses

Liquidity and Borrowing Rates
NEW PROGRAM: AERAM – Aide aux Entreprises en Régions en Alerte Maximale (Assistance to Businesses in High Alert Regions)

On October 1st, the government announced the launch of the AERAM program, which is specifically developed for organizations that have to forcibly shut down their operations in the context of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through AERAM, eligible organizations may request a non-reimbursable loan of up to $15,000 to help them pay for fixed expenses. To qualify for the AERAM, you must first request and obtain a loan from the PACTE or PAUPME programs (both follow below in this same section).

https://www.quebec.ca/en/premier/actualites/detail/une-nouvelle-aide-pour-les-entreprises-des-regions-en-alerte-maximale/

Concerted temporary action program for businesses (aka PACTE)

This emergency funding measure provides ad hoc and exceptional support for businesses from industries (exceptions exist) affected by the repercussions of COVID-19. A loan guarantee is the preferred form of financing. Financing can also take the form of a loan from Investissement Québec. The minimum funding amount starts at $50,000.

https://www.investquebec.com/quebec/en/financial-products/all-our-solutions/Concerted-temporary-action-program-for-businesses.html

Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (aka PAUPME)

The Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses program is designed to offer temporary support to businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and who need $50,000 cash or less. To submit your application, contact your local MRC (information available at link below).

https://www.quebec.ca/en/businesses-and-self-employed-workers/emergency-assistance-for-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-covid-19/

Moratorium on loans

A six-month moratorium period on capital and interest reibursements to private and social economy organizations that currently have loans. This measure, in partnership with the FTQ, adds to the financial support provided by the provincial and federal governments, and may last up to twelve months.

https://www.economie.gouv.qc.ca/fr/bibliotheques/programmes/aide-financiere/fonds-local-dinvestissement-fli/ (French only)

Support for Individuals

People Facing Unemployment and/or Who Are Unable to Work
Federal assistance for individuals

Please follow the link below to access the complete list of programs and resources available to individuals and families affected by Covid-19.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals

NEW PROGRAM: CRB – Canada Recovery Benefit, starting October 12th, 2020

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html

More details to come (as of August 26th, 2021).

Resources for Bar Management and Operations

Restaurant/bar information

Disinfectant Products for Clubs

Curling Québec identified potential suppliers of disinfectant products on behalf of our curling clubs, listed in the document at the end of this article. These suppliers offer a variety of products beyond those displayed in the document and we encourage you to peruse their websites to find out which solutions are best suited to your needs.

 

There is no obligation for you to purchase from any of these companies; this list is for informational purposes only. Please note, however, that the intent of this list is to assist our curling clubs in their preparations for this season: the suppliers identified in this list are not in partnership with Curling Québec and any order placed will be under the sole responsibility of the curling club.

 

You can download the list of suppliers here. (French only)