The City of Toronto Cancels City-Led Summer Camps With Possible Alternative




The City of Toronto has announced it is cancelling all of its city-led 2020 summer camps for kids and is looking at the possibility of running an alternative program to get children safely back to camp. The new initiative named 'CampTO,' is currently being worked on, but is not a guarantee since it is subject to the lifting of current provincial orders and recommendations from Toronto Public Health.

CampTO would provide children with a high-quality camp experience, including traditional camp activities, and would incorporate public health measures in order to reduce the risk of virus spread — physical distancing, smaller group sizes, daily health assessments and more extensive cleaning and hygiene measures. If allowed to operate, CampTO would provide 5,300 camp spaces per week for children ages 6 to 12 representing approximately 50 per cent of the typical City of Toronto camp capacity.

"Nothing is more important than the health of our children," Mayor John Tory said in a statement. "In our current environment where it hasn't yet been safe to have the schools open, we can hardly be going full steam ahead with summer camps, though we are going to have a more modest CampTO plan ready if things continue to improve."

As soon as the Province is able to safely remove restrictions on day camps, registration details for CampTO will be made available.

The City’s current summer camps were scheduled to run at 197 locations from June 29 to September 7. Approximately 68,000 participants had registered this year for City summer camps. As a result of the cancellation, refunds will automatically be issued to all registrants. Due to high volumes, expect a wait time of up to four weeks for reimbursement. It is not necessary to request a refund, but registrants can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca with any questions or concerns.

For updates, follow the City of Toronto Covid-19 page here.

At this time, there is no word on the status of private summer camps running this summer which will depend on the Province removing restrictions, when it is safe to do so. They too will have to look at a modified camp model that would be safer and more realistic under the circumstances, to ensure the safety of children. Most private camps are still planning to run, if allowed to and are accepting currently registrations.

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