Covid-19 and Paddle Canada

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Paddle Canada asks that you continue to follow physical distancing, stay home as much as possible, and follow the regulations and recommendations of where you live and play.

Updated May 26, 2020

A message regarding courses during the Covid-19 pandemic. EN FR

Current GUIDELINES to offering a Paddle Canada sanctioned course EN FR

Principles & Practices for Led Outdoor Activity, a collaborative effort from the Canadian Outdoor Summit this is a great resource, especially if you are in the process of creating a set of practices for your own buisness.

Your Paddle Canada certification

With the two-year extension put in place in March, the Covid-19 crisis will not affect your Paddle Canada certification expiry date.

First Aid Certification

If your first aid certification is newly expired, or about to expire, most providers have a plan in place for expired certifications during this time.

Canadian Wilderness Medical Training will be Rolling out an extension program in the next week. This easy process will be able to extend certifications for Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder that are expiring in the coming months. The online program will extend certifications for a period of 9 months and the small cost of the program will be credited toward the participant’s “in-person” training when conditions allow.

Wilderness Medical Association has launched on-line certification extension courses. These options are only available to currently certified WMAI WFR/WEMT, WAFA, and WFA graduates whose certification will expire while conventional, open-enrollment courses are being suspended and unavailable because of COVID-19. These courses are open at no charge.  If your certification expired in March, you will automatically receive a one (1) month participation eligibility extension.

Red Cross In accordance with the measures being taken by health authorities across the country to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Red Cross strongly recommends all Training Partners to cease in-person training until further notice. Please check for online or blended delivery options in your area to support training. All Red Cross first aid certifications expiring through June 30, 2020, will be considered valid 90 days beyond their expiry date.

SOLO has closed all campuses until May 31 and extended all wilderness certification expiry dates until November 1, 2020.


  • In order to protect all our participants and to do our part in the fight against this pandemic, we have decided to suspend all of our training until June 15 inclusively. Resumption of all in person training When courses resume, several course dates will be added to the calendar to ensure that everyone is trained as quickly as possible. We will regularly re-evaluate the situation with respect to the decision to resume our training schedule, which will vary from province to province, but always in accordance with the instructions of the provincial public health agencies concerned.
  • Coming soon! Hybrid training will be launched by the end of May for participants who are in the process of recertification.
  • Coming soon! COVID-specific module : Are you concerned about becoming a first responder during the pandemic ? SIRIUSMEDx will be launching a refresher module before the summer for our participants working in the field during the pandemic.


Resources for paddling

From our friends at NRS on cleaning gear.

Sea Kayaking COVID-19 best practices.

Canoe Rescue Training.

Resources from Transport Canada

COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada: English French

COVID-19: Physical distancing for Canadian boaters(accessible PDF) English French

Guidance posters: Planning on boating across the border? Don’t. Canoe version (accessible PDF) English French

Resources for Business Owners

 COVID-19: How the federal government is supporting small business: Information and FAQs from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to support small businesses.

Government of Canada financial support for individuals and small businesses. Additional Support for businesses

Helping understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak

From Canadian Chamber of Commerce on pandemic preparedness

Google Ad Credits

Social Media and Covid-19

Provinical and Territorial Updates

British Columbia






New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland & Labrador



Northwest Territories