COVID-19 Updates - 4-H Ontario is committed to following the direction of public health Ontario. Read more about recommendations and requirements here.

COVID-19 News & Updates

As we move forward with this new way of operating, we want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our volunteers and members who have continuously reminded us about the strength and resilience of 4-H, and for working with us moving forward to ensure a safe, healthy environment for all of our participants and volunteers.

4-H Ontario will always put the safety and health of our youth, volunteers, and staff as the highest priority when making decisions in regards to events and activities. We will continue to update our membership as the situation evolves and thank everyone for their patience and diligence in managing the health and safety of our 4-H Family.

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In order to participate in 4-H Ontario in-person activities, ALL participates much present a signed waiver form.

  • Please read the following information carefully (all the way to the end of the page).
  • ONLY COMPLETE ONE FORM FOR ALL 4-H ACTIVITIES
  • CHECK SPAM OR EMAIL: ea@4-Hontario.ca if you do not receive confirmation do not fill out another form.
  • The form below must be completed in full and submitted for approval before any participant may take part in 4-H Ontario in-person activities.
  • Only one form is required per participant household. (You may need multiple forms for households of more than 6 people).
  • Volunteers are required to fill out 1 form per person
This is the person who is participating in the club activites
*By typing your name you are agreeing to the conditions set out in this agreement on behalf of yourself or a 4-H Ontario youth participant.*
By signing this form you are agreeing to the conditions set out in this agreement on behalf of yourself of a 4-H Ontario Participant. You confirm that the information contained in this agreement is accurate and truthful.

Please read this entire package thoroughly. It contains information and requirements that 4-H youth and families must comply with in order to resume in-person activities when it is safe to do so. This package outlines the steps that will be required before in-person 4-H activities can resume.

Thank you for your patience during the COVID 19 pandemic. The past few months have been challenging for many of us. Thank you to all the 4-H youth who enthusiastically joined virtual 4-H projects and activities – you have helped to keep our 4-H program strong.

The province continues to open up in regions and the numbers for gatherings are increasing. As a 4-H program, while we are closer to being able to resume in-person 4-H activities – we are not there yet. Until a region is in Phase 3 of A Framework for Reopening our Province, in-person activities continue to be suspended. The health and safety of our 4-H families continues to be our priority.

This package contains:

  • The link to the Assumption of Risk and Waiver: Coronavirus/COVID-19 which needs to be completed by all 4-H families and submitted to 4-H Ontario.

Key information for 4-H Families:

  • The health of 4-H youth, families, volunteer leaders and staff remain our priority.
  • All 4-H stakeholders must demonstrate consideration and caution amidst this changing situation.
  • 4-H families are asked to self-screen before attending an in-person activity. If feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID 19, flu or any other virus PLEASE stay home and communicate this decision with 4-H club leaders.
  • Meetings and events must be planned with health and safety of all participants as priority.
  • 4-H volunteers and event organizers will be required to implement and follow all local and provincial Public Health regulations.
  • Resuming in-person programming is voluntary for all 4-H youth and volunteers. Respect must be given to youth/parents/guardians who wish to opt out of attending in-person events. Should youth or their parents/guardians opt not to attend in-person activities due to COVID 19, attendance will not be a factor in determining project completion.
  • 4-H insurance will be in place for sanctioned 4-H activities; however, 4-H Ontario is not liable for any COVID-19 related illnesses.

Decisions regarding returning to in-person activities will be communicated by club volunteers to all 4-H families. It will be the responsibility of 4-H families to communicate with club leaders whether they wish to attend in-person meetings. If choosing to do so, families will be responsible for complying with the requirements identified by Public Health in their area. Please communicate with the club leaders through the platform identified by the club leaders (i.e. email, phone).

When returning to in-person programming, 4-H families will be asked to bring their own personal protective equipment including masks/face shields, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, along with prepackaged snacks and beverages. As per public health guidelines masks/face shields are required when physical distancing is not able to be maintained.

4-H families are also reminded that all 4-H participants (youth, volunteers, families) must abide by the 4-H in Canada Code of Conduct and adhere to the 4-H in Canada Inclusion Statement.

All 4-H families will be required to read and agree to the ‘Assumption of Risk and Waiver’ before 4-H youth and volunteers can attend a 4-H meeting or activity. Families with shared custody of a 4-H youth will require both parents’ acknowledgement, which means both parents will need to complete the Assumption of Risk and Waiver. The confirmation email(s) outlining proof of receipt by 4-H Ontario must be shown to the designated 4-H club leader and marked in the attendance records.

It is understood and acknowledged that not all clubs will be able to operate under these guidelines set out by 4-H Canada and Public Health units. 4-H Ontario is continuing to move forward with virtual learning opportunities, and these will continue to be made available to 4-H families.

4-H Ontario understands these are trying times and that returning to in-person activities requires extra planning in order to address the health and safety of all of 4-H participants. We ask for your cooperation as we continue to move through this challenging and unprecedented time.

Please read this entire package thoroughly. It contains information and requirements that 4-H youth and families must comply with in order to resume in-person activities when it is safe to do so. This package outlines the steps that will be required before in-person 4-H activities can resume.

Thank you for your patience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The past few months have been challenging for many of us. Thank you to all the 4-H volunteers who enthusiastically joined and supported pivoting the 4-H program to virtual platforms-you have helped keep our 4-H program strong!

The province continues to re-open and increase numbers for social gatherings. We are closer to being able to resume in-person 4-H activities, but we are not there yet.

Until an area is in Phase 3 of A Framework for Reopening our Province, in-person 4-H activities continue to be suspended. The health and safety of our 4-H families is our priority.

This package contains:

Key Information for 4-H Volunteers and 4-H Event Organizers:

  • The health of 4-H youth, families, volunteer leaders and staff remain our priority.
  • All 4-H stakeholders must demonstrate consideration and caution amidst this changing situation.
  • Meetings and events must be planned with the health and safety of all participants as priority.
  • 4-H volunteers and event organizers must ensure all local and provincial Public Health regulations are implemented and followed.
  • Resuming in-person programming is voluntary for all 4-H youth and volunteers. Respect must be given to youth/parents/guardians and volunteers who wish to opt out of attending in-person events. Should youth or their parents/guardians opt not to attend in-person activities due to COVID 19, attendance will not be a factor in determining project completion.
  • 4-H insurance will be in place for sanctioned 4-H activities; however, 4-H Ontario is not liable for any COVID-19 related illnesses.
  • As per public health guidelines, masks/face shields are required when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • In the coming days more resources including COVID-19 related health and safety signage for club leaders. You can find out more here: https://4-hontario.ca/online

It is understood that not all clubs will be able to operate under these guidelines set out by 4-H Canada and Public Health units. 4-H Ontario will continue to move forward with virtual learning opportunities, and these resources will continue to be made available to 4-H volunteers.

Discussions regarding resuming in-person activities must include all club leaders and decisions are to be communicated to all 4-H families as outlined in the ‘Return to In-person 4-H Activity Form. 4-H families will also need to be made aware of compliance requirements for attending and participating in 4-H in-person activities.

All 4-H families will be required to read and agree to the ‘Assumption of Risk and Waiver’ before 4-H youth and volunteers can attend a 4-H meeting or activity. Families with shared custody of a 4-H youth will require both parents’ acknowledgement, which means both parents will need to complete the Assumption of Risk and Waiver. The confirmation email(s) outlining proof of receipt by 4-H Ontario must be shown to the designated 4-H club leader and marked in the attendance records.

We understand that these are trying times and that returning to in-person activities requires extra planning to address the health and safety of all 4-H participants. We ask for your cooperation as we continue to move through this challenging and unprecedented time.

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* Please note, you must download the form to your computer first, before entering any information into the form.

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