Updates from Skate Canada & BC/YK Section 

2020 Belairdirect BC/YK SummerSkate Super Series Competition Cancellation

Updated July 1, 2020 at 9:50 AM


Given the existing and fluid state of COVID-19, Skate Canada BC/YK Section has made the decision to officially cancel the 2020 Belairdirect BC/YK SummerSkate Super Series Competition- scheduled for August 13-16, 2020 in Burnaby, BC. 


This decision has been made in conversation with coaches and taking into account the timelines of skaters returning to the ice. We understand this break has been long and difficult for skaters and we are committed to ensuring the safe return to skating.  


As of now, the planning for the 2020 Belairdirect BC/YK Section Autumn Leaves Super Series and the 2021 Belairdirect Skate Canada BC/YK Sectionals Super Series will continue as scheduled. Should these plans change we will send a communication with additional details.


We will continue to work to provide our skaters and coaches with performance opportunities as we adjust to these unusual times.

BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines

Updated June 2, 2020 at 11:20 AM


Hello Everyone, 


We are pleased to inform you that the Return to Sport Guidelines from viaSport have been released allowing Figure Skating to resume in BC. The BC/YK Section Return to Play for Figure Skating Guidelines have also been approved by the BC/YK Section Board of Directors, which provides the detail by which clubs can return to the rinks should their local facility be open. Please take a close look at all the detail in the documents posted on the BC/YK Section COVID-19 page and work with your facility for a unified approach to return to the rink.


Appendix B, the Skate Canada Waiver, is a very important document and is currently going through a preparation procedure and should be available soon. All skaters, parents, coaches, and volunteers must give written consent by signing and submitting the official Skate Canada waiver prior to any participation.


Also, we are pleased to host a Town Hall meeting that will be live streamed on the www.skatinginbc.com website.The Town Hall meeting will be held this Wednesday June 3 at 7:00pm. We will review the plan, and answer your questions. Details regarding the Town Hall meeting will be sent out tomorrow. Please send any questions you would like answered on the Town Hall to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com 

As we begin to return to the ice please understand that there will be  challenges to overcome but if we remain diligent and committed we will do it together.

COVID-19 Figure Skating Return to Play Planning

Updated May 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM


Dear Clubs and Coaches,


As we await approval from the BC Provincial Government to resume Figure Skating, we would like to provide you with some key points from our proposed "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan so that your club and/or facility can start thinking and planning on how figure skating may return to your rink.


Reminder that the Sport Figure Skating is not authorized to operate at this time. That means clubs and Skate Canada programs are not allowed to operate until the BC Ministry of Health has given us and the sport sector authorization to do so. We are anxiously waiting for authorization from the BC Ministry of Health. Until we receive such authorization please consider the following items for your plans with your facilities.

  • The activity must always comply with the physical distancing, cleaning and sanitizing measures, and recommendations issued by federal, provincial and municipal government authorities, including the arrival, time spent on site and departure of skaters.

  • Limit programming to only STARSkate (recreational competitive stream), Competitive and Adult Level Skaters. Canskate and Junior Academy Type Programming should not be taking place at this time.

  • Limit your activities to practice and private lessons or lessons with small groups. If lessons with small groups occur, social distancing measures must be followed.

  • No more than 10 people(including skaters & coaches) may be on ice or in rink at anytime.

  • Skaters, coaches and program staff may not participate if they:

    • Exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts.

    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals, immunosuppressed persons, individuals suffering from serious health problems, notably high blood pressure, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma).

  • Skaters, coaches and program staff will have a daily verbal screening for symptoms upon arrival at the building and before participation. This could be executed by an adult supervisor, who will also make sure that social distancing guidelines and traffic flow are being followed.

  • Dressing rooms should not be used. Skaters and coaches should put skates on in an open area marked for social distancing. 

  • Parents should not be in the building and should drop off and pick up skaters at designated times.

  • Have only 1 person operating the music equipment, video, harness or any other teaching aids. Make sure to clean and sanitize any equipment immediately after use.

  • Used facial tissue and/or kleenex must go directly into the garbage can after use. No used tissues allowed on the rink boards.

  • Keep a record of all skaters and coaches on each session, so that you can contact them if needed, for example, if an infected person used your facility.


As these highlights are from the draft "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan, they are subject to change until we have received approval. 


A final "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan Document will be distributed once we have received approval from BC Ministry of Health.


If you have any question regarding the "Return To Play" Figure Skating Plan please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

Important Announcement/ Clarification - Facility and Figure Skating Operation

Updated May 14, 2020 at 2:00 PM


Dear Clubs, Coaches and Skaters,


It has been brought to our attention that a letter of opening from Skate Canada BC/YK began to circulate yesterday. This letter was part of the submission to ViaSport and the BC Health Ministry; it was not supposed to be distributed and we are investigating how this occurred. We would like to clarify the following:

  • The Sport Figure Skating is not authorized to operate at this time. That means clubs and Skate Canada programs are not allowed to operate until the Ministry of Health has given us and the sport sector authorization to do so. Our application is now under consideration.

  • Private ice facilities may, and in some cases have applied to local health authorities to open. Some facilities have been granted status to operate but under very specific guidelines. Skaters and coaches may use these private ice openings, but it must be understood they do so at their own risk and are not part of an organized Skate Canada Club or program activity.

Once Skate Canada BC/YK is approved to open operations we will notify every club and coach by an official communication by email blast, social media and website information. 


We apologize for the confusion and hope this information helps you to understand the situation and process we are currently engaged in.


Ted Barton

Executive Director

Skate Canada BC/YK

Skate Canada BC/YK - Figure Skating Return to Play Update

As of May 5, 2020 at 12:20 PM


Dear Coaches and Clubs,


Below is an update regarding Skate Canada BC/YK Section and the Return to Play for Figure Skating.


The Government of BC has requested that ViaSport (the Provincial Sport Organization for all sports in BC) develop a framework that supports a Return to Play Plan for all organized sports in BC.


Skate Canada BC/YK Section has been in communication with both ViaSport and Sport BC to start the draft of Figure Skating's Return to Play Plan. We have been in contact with Skate Canada National to ensure our plan incorporates any Skate Canada national guidelines. In addition, we have been in contact with a group of experienced coaches to get their feedback and suggestions for our Return to Play plan.


Once our Return to Play Plan is complete we will then submit to Viasport for their review, feedback and approval. After the document has been approved the document will then be submitted to the BC Government for final approval and implementation.


In the future you can expect to see timelines, guidelines and recommendations for skaters, coaches, parents, clubs and administrators.


Any Return to Figure Skating will depend on the following:

  • Permission granted by the local health authorities.

  • Willingness of facilities both municipal and private to open and follow the Return to Play Plan.

Please continue to watch for updates on our website and social media channels. If you have any questions please contact bcyksection@skatinginbc.com


A message from Skate Canada RE: COVID-19 Off Ice Programming Clarification

March 25, 2020


Dear Coaches and Clubs,


We have received many questions regarding off ice classes taking place while Skate Canada has suspended all programming.


Under no circumstance are any in person off ice classes permitted to take place. Any in person off ice classes will not be covered by insurance and also goes against the Skate Canada suspension of programming.


Online or live streamed off ice programming can take place as they follow social distancing and other guidelines emphasized by the provincial and federal governments and local public health authorities.


Please visit the BCYK Section COVID-19 information webpage and the Skate Canada COVID-19 information webpage for more information.


If you have any questions please contact the BC/YK Section Office at bcyksection@skatinginbc.com