Outward Bound Canada’s Response to COVID-19

(Updated March 18, 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Outward Bound Canada is cancelling all of our courses scheduled from now until May 25, 2020. Some of these courses may be rescheduled to a later date in the year. Although our wilderness-based courses consist of small groups and involve little social interaction with the wider community, they do require some travel by participants. It is imperative that Outward Bound does our part to limit the spread of the virus, which includes discouraging unnecessary travel. In addition, many of the parks and wilderness sites used on our courses are facing temporary closures.

As the number of people infected by COVID-19 continues to increase in Canada, we are actively following the recommendations outlined by Health Canada. In addition, we are continuously monitoring the situation with our safety committee to ensure that we have the proper procedures and protocols in place. Our primary concern is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our staff and participants.

The majority of our courses occur in the summer, so we are expecting another great season of building strong and resilient youth through challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. It’s clear that our programs are needed now more than ever in order to help young people thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.

For those already enrolled or considering one of our individual courses, please note that as per our cancellation policy, OBC will refund all course fees in the event that we have to cancel a course. We are also working closely with our school and community partners to ensure the wellbeing of participants and to assist them in rescheduling their planned expeditions.

As we focus on the wellbeing of our staff and participants, Outward Bound Canada is following Health Canada’s guidelines, which include requiring all office staff to work remotely from home, promoting good hygiene, and communicating about any potential exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection.

We understand that the fees and logistics of air travel are also a factor when considering a course farther from home and that this may impact your decision to sign up or select a course. If travel is a concern for you, please note that Outward Bound Canada offers programs in many regions across the country, some of which may be more local to you. If you’d like to discuss moving to a course in another location, please contact our admissions team!

In the midst of such uncertainty, Outward Bound Canada is grateful for our students, alumni, staff and supporters, who continue to embody our mission of cultivating resilience, leadership, connections and compassion.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our response to COVID-19, our courses or travel considerations.

Sincerely,

Andrew Young
Executive Director
Outward Bound Canada