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Outward Bound Canada’s Travel Policy

Updated October 2021

Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Outward Bound Canada’s registration requirements are subject to change to adhere to the requirements of health authorities in the regions where our courses take place. When selecting your course, please take note of the following requirements:

  • Outward Bound Canada (OBC) will be following the recommendations of all federal, provincial and local health authorities in the running of our courses, which is subject to change. Decisions will be made on course parameters at all times leading up to the course and course details/logistics may be adjusted. Registered participants will be notified of changes to their course as they occur. OBC reserves the right to cancel a course at any time before the course, or during the course, if changing restrictions require the course to be cancelled early.

  • As per our Vaccination Policy, all participants of OBC programs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of their participation. If you have a medical or religious/creed exemption, please indicate so when completing your Confidential Medical History form.

  • Registrants who reside outside of Canada will only be permitted to participate if they complete the requirements set out by the Federal government for entering Canada, before their course begins. OBC is unable to provide accommodations or resources for these requirements. OBC will be unable to provide a refund of course fees for any participant who commits to this requirement, but fails to meet the requirements for any reason. In early March 2022, OBC may require visitors to Canada to have a local isolation plan in place in order to participate – we will communicate this by email to all participants who plan to visit Canada for their course to make arrangements on a case by case basis, and offer you the opportunity to withdraw if this requirement is not feasible for you.

  • Registrants who reside in Canada are encouraged to apply for a course within their current province of residence but are welcome to apply for a course outside of their home province. In early March 2022, OBC may require cross-provincial travellers to have a local isolation plan in place in order to participate – we will communicate this by email to all participants who plan to visit another province for their course to make arrangements on a case by case basis, and offer you the opportunity to withdraw if this requirement is not feasible for you.

  • Whenever possible, registrants are encouraged to travel by car (drive/pick-up/drop-off) to and from their courses. If travelling by public transit, please abide by the protocols as instructed by your transportation provider.

  • For 14 days prior to your course start, please limit your exposure to others outside your household as much as possible, and avoid high-risk areas and crowded group gatherings.

  • Every participant is required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test within 3-5 days of the course start date (results can take about 48hr to be produced, depending on your access to testing). Proof of a negative test result should be submitted to OBC within 24-48hr of the course start. Participants who test positive for COVID-19, or who are unable to provide a negative PCR test result for any other reason will not be allowed to participate in a course – in this circumstance we will work to have you join another program in the near future. Any cost associated with booking a PCR test is the responsibility of the participant. (Please note that a rapid antigen test is not sufficient).

  • Before attending and upon arrival, participants will be screened for signs and symptoms of infectious illness. Those who do not pass this screening will be asked to leave the course and will need to make arrangements to travel home. During the course, participants with the onset of symptoms will be screened accordingly and may be isolated or asked to leave the program early. In this event, OBC will abide by public health recommendations.

The overall wellbeing of our community is our priority and we expect that all of our participants and staff take a shared responsibility in minimizing the risk of becoming infected and infecting others. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to navigate these uncertain times and provide a life-changing Outward Bound experience.