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Ontario Not-For-Profit Act Update - Ontario Sport Organization

The Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) has been stuck in legislative limbo since 2010 – but there have been recent developments that affect every Ontario not-for-profit corporation.

In November 2017 the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 was passed by the Ontario legislature. The Act amends a number of pieces of legislation including the yet-to-be-passed ONCA and the currently-active Ontario Corporations Act. Since the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act has made changes to the Corporations Act (the law under which most Ontario not-for-profit organizations are incorporated) nearly every Ontario sport organization has been affected.

This blogpost reviews the amendments to the Corporations Act, interprets the changes to the upcoming ONCA, and provides organizations with suggestions for what they can do right now to comply with the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act and to prepare for the ONCA.

To review the changes to the Corporations Act and ONCA please follow the link to the Sport Law & Strategy Groups article:

ONCA Update: What's New for Ontario Sport Organizations


Canadian Premier League Names First Commissioner!

TORONTO, ON (January 10, 2018) – The Canadian Premier League Board of Governors confirmed today the appointment of David Clanachan as the first Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Premier League (CPL). Canada’s highly anticipated professional men’s soccer league is set to debut in spring 2019.

Clanachan will oversee all aspects of the CPL. Clanachan’s first order of business will be to announce CPL clubs in key Canadian communities from coast to coast.

Canada Soccer confirmed membership of the CPL, along with founding cities Hamilton and Winnipeg, in May 2017. The new CPL clubs will seek formal membership in Canada Soccer at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Members.

Clanachan will manage the day-to-day operations of the CPL out of the league’s new head office in downtown Toronto.

To read the full press release follow the link: CPL Commissioner Announced!


High School Soccer - Match official Assignments - Update

In recent months SWRSA and Ontario Soccer has worked diligently with School Boards and Athletic Associations located within our district boundaries in an attempt to execute the signing of Match Official Assignment Agreements. The purpose of the agreements is to have high school soccer deemed sanctioned to permit Ontario Soccer MO's access to these games. Without a signed MOU the games are unsanctioned.

The following School Boards have signed MOU's and are therefore sanctioned:

Waterloo Catholic District school Board
Waterloo Region District School Board
Bluewater District School Board
Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board
Upper Grand District School Board
Wellington Catholic District School Board

Unfortunately not all school boards have signed off on the MOU with competition commencing. The following school boards have not signed MOU's as of May 4th 2017 and are therefore not sanctioned:

Avon Maitland District School Board
Huron Perth Catholic District School Board

Ontario Soccer Match Officials are not to accept any assignments to the unsanctioned competitions.

SWRSA will keep Match Officials up to date on any developments.



No longer the Ontario Soccer Association, we present to you our new name, colours, logos and tagline. You are also able to watch the official announcement and reveal on

This is the culmination of two years of hard work from our Staff, Board, Volunteers and Partners, to improve upon the way we engage and communicate with our membership and stakeholders.

To share in this excitement, please join us in proudly showcasing these new marks on your websites, documents, social media sites and any other pertinent communication channels.


SWRSA Adds Training and Development Officers to Match Officials to the Team!

The South-West Regional Soccer Association is pleased to announce the addition of Lowell Williamson and Marlene Ford to our team as the Training and Development Officers to Match Officials.

Each individual brings an abundance of knowledge to the district with growing experience as OSA Match Official instructors, assessors, mentors, and assignors. In coordination with the DRC, Lowell and Marlene will serve the district with a focus of training on the Laws of the Game (LOTG), pre-season fitness, and assigning in identified leagues. 

SWRSA is excited to bring their talents on board and looks forward to the positive effect on Match Officials within the district.

          Lowell Williamson                                          Marlene Ford ____________________________________________________________________________________________

OSA announces date and venue for the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017

The Ontario Soccer Association announced today that it will be hosting the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017 at the Oshawa Civic Complex and Trent University (Durham Campus) from March 3-5. 

The Ontario Soccer Summit, which provides personal and professional development opportunities for coaches, match officials, administrators and soccer leaders across Ontario, drew over 500 attendees to the March 2016 event, held at the University of Guelph, with notable speakers coming from around the world to share their expertise.

Click here to read more about what to expect at the Ontario Soccer Summit 2017.


Kitchener Soccer Club Blind Soccer Program 

Check out the video below regarding KSC's Blind Soccer Program.  Please contact the Club with any questions or interest! 

Blind Soccer Video

Congratulations to Waterloo United 02A Girls and Kitchener Spirit U17 Girls A for their respective Ontario Cup Championship victories! 

Waterloo would come from behind to earn the U-14 Girls Ontario Cup by downing Oakville 3-2 on penalties.

Kitchener defeated Saltfleet Stoney Creek by a score of 3-1 to claim to the U17 Girls title. 


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