Please read our COVID FAQs
Members can order from our new on-line Pro Shop

As you know, one of the ways we combat community transmission of the COVID-19 virus is through Contact Tracing. Many of you will have gone into a store, restaurant, gym or other establishment where they asked you for your contact info. This information is used to track who enters certain facilities and when. This curling season, we'll be using a super simple, digital contact tracing mechanism to help us keep track of who's at the Club.

By now, you should have received an email with a custom QR code. The code will come in an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and may have ended up in your spam folder. If you have not received your QR code, please contact the Club office.

This is your personal code and will be scanned upon each arrival at the Club. You can bring the code on your smartphone or print it out and keep it in your curling bag. Please follow these directions when you arrive at the Club:

  1. Proceed directly to the lounge where you can scan your QR code or enter your details manually on the provided Contact Tracing tablet;
  2. If you are playing with any spares, check in with Club staff in the office to report that you are not playing with your regular team;
  3. Proceed into the waiting area until it's time to go onto the ice;
  4. No need to check out, we have all the information we need!

It's that simple! No pens or paper... all done digitally! Your contact info is recorded and saved by Curl ON, who will help us with contact tracing if we need it. Please click here for a helpful document about the process.

If you have any questions about the Contact Tracing process, please contact the Club office. We look forward to seeing you soon and don't forget your code!


After careful consideration and in light of the increasing number of active COVID-19 cases in Ontario and in Halton Region, the Board of Directors has approved the following revisions to the OCC's Return to Play Guidelines:

  1. Game times will be temporarily adjusted to create gaps between draws so that player groups don't overlap and the Club can be cleaned between draws
    1. Weekday morning and afternoon games will be moved to 9:00am and 1:00pm
    2. Evening early draw games will be moved to 6:00pm
    3. Makeup game times will be added to the schedule starting November 1st, provided health and safety guidelines can be maintained during those times
    4. The revised weekly schedule can be found by clicking here
  2. There will be no bar service until further notice
    1. Members are asked not to arrive more than 15 minutes before their game and to leave 15 minutes after the end of their games
  3. Members are strongly encouraged to download the COVID Alert app and to notify the Club of any exposure alerts as soon as they occur
    1. The Club will be using these alerts as an 'early warning system' for potential COVID closures
  4. Non-compliance of the Mask Policy may result in a default loss, cancellation of games, or suspension of membership

The revised Return to Play Guidelines can be found here. Please note that many of these changes are temporary and it is the Board's intention to revert back to the original protocols as soon as it's safe to do so. For more information about the Return to Play Guidelines or the Club's COVID response, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We Need Your HelpPlease consider volunteering with the Club. We need a Convenor for the Monday Night Open League. Convenors have the unique opportunity to get to know the many regular and new members in the MNO league, despite the lounge being temporarily closed.

Contact James Francolini for more information.


The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we are proceeding with the opening of the curling club. The Ministry of Health is permitting sporting clubs to open, and our Return to Play Guidelines are based on Curl ON recommendations. That being said, we rely on our members to share the responsibility to keep themselves and their fellow members safe. Please wear your mask at all times. Masks have been proven to slow the spread of COVID19, do your part and wear yours. A quick Google search will reveal a multitude of mask options that can be worn during athletic activity. Do not come to the club if you are sick, suspect you may be sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19.

We will be closely monitoring who comes into the club. There may be an App for contact tracing, or we may ask each skip to provide the names of each member of their team, every time you play. This is a requirement by the Government of Ontario.

We will continue to monitor the recommendations and guidelines from the Ministry of Health and other government organizations. There may be circumstances beyond our control which require us to close the curling club at any point during the season. We will endeavour to do our best to be fair to the members but we must also ensure the club stays financially viable for years to come.

Please be aware, the bar service is temporarily suspended as the Board determines the best way to minimize the possible risk of transmission to staff and members. The Board is working hard to resume services as soon as it is safe; please allow us the time to do so.

Thank you to all who are supporting the club this year. Every membership, every Pandemic membership, every letter of support, means so much to the club and to the Board, and we are extremely grateful to each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing all of you in a few weeks!


One of the many impacts of the club's closure was that a number of items were left behind in lockers by members. At this time, we're inviting members to book a 15-minute timeslot to come to the club to clean out their lockers. As we have a need to keep both members and staff safe, there are a few things you should know before booking a time:

  • Members will be given a 15-minute window to arrive at the club, clean out their locker and leave. Please be on time for your appointment. Members who are more than 10 minutes late will not be given access to the club and will have to rebook.
  • Only two members will be allowed in the club at any one time (one to access the mens locker room and one to access the women's locker room).
  • Only one member will be allowed in each locker room at a time.
  • Members may enter the club via the main entrance, but may not do so until the locker room is clear. Please do not show up more than 5 minutes early for your appointment.
  • Members may exit the club via the main entrance.
  • Members may not linger in the club. There will be no access to washrooms or the main floor.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at the main entrance and at the entrance of each locker room. Please use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your locker and lock.
  • Masks are required at all times while in the club.
  • Doorknobs, handrails and other high touch points will be wiped down at least every hour.

NOTE: New dates added
September 29, 30, October 1.  9:30am to 2:30pm
October 5.  5:00pm to 8:30pm

Book Your Time Slot


The Board of Directors has become aware of a technical issue preventing members with Cogeco email addresses from receiving Club communications over the last few weeks. As such, the Board is extending the deadline to register and pay for the upcoming curling season to September 23rd. The Board will also be postponing the start of the curling season to October 19th, in light of the extended deadline and of the reduced number of players and teams. The Board expects that all curling members will still get the same number of games as a regular season.

We are very close to the approximately 60% revenue threshold required to open and would like to give all members a chance to renew their membership.

If you have yet to register and/or pay, please click HERE.

The Board is also aware of revised public health restrictions that may affect the Club's ability to operate. We are monitoring the developing situation coming out of Ministry of Health and Halton Public Health and will take any and all restrictions into account when making a final determination regarding whether or not to reopen in October.

The Board appreciates everyone's patience while we determine the best course of action. For more information, please contact the Club office.


The webinar of September 9th included a number of questions about the clubs finances and about the refund policy. We are providing the information below to help the membership better understand the club's financial position and proposed refund policy.

The Club's available cash is expected to be significantly depleted this year due to much lower revenue and higher costs. This is the case whether we stay closed or whether we open at less than full capacity. The financial impact to the Club can be partially mitigated if we are able to reopen with sufficient membership levels. We anticipate that losses will be funded from the Club's cash reserves. In saying that, the Board believes the Club has adequate cash to meet its requirements for the coming year whether or not the Club reopens.

It costs between $20,000-$30,000 to start up the ice plant, so it is important to ensure that we have enough committed membership to justify start-up costs. Our fixed costs, including, but not limited to, mortgage, insurance, salaries, utilities, property taxes, bank charges, and audit costs are expected to be at least $250,000 even if the club remains closed and would be higher if the club reopens. Refunding 50% of membership fees in the event that a member elects to terminate their membership early or if the club is forced to close following reopening, is intended to help cover these costs. In that context, taking out a Pandemic Membership not only contributes to the financial health of the Club, but also counts toward our membership revenue target to reopen.

We hope that the above information helps clarify questions for the membership and helps each member make their decision about rejoining the club this year.

Helen Stephenson
President, Oakville Curling Club

In light of the fact that we're asking all members to provide their own equipment, we have set up an easy-to-use Online Pro Shop for you to purchase necessary items for the upcoming season.

You can buy stabilizers, sticks, helmets, grippers and even OCC custom masks and cowls, all at prices that are significantly better than retail.

  • Place your order and pay on-line via credit card during checkout.
  • Orders will be available for pick-up from the club office or at the bar (after hours). You will be notified by email when your order is ready to be picked up.
  • All prices include HST.

Members must be logged into the OCC website to access the Pro Shop. For items not listed, please contact the Club office.


Thank you to everyone that attended the webinar. A copy of the presentation can be viewed by clicking here and the COVID FAQs will be updated with more information over the next couple of days.

The Board of Directors has given the go-ahead to open the Club for Tuesday, October 13th provided the following conditions are met:

  • the Club has retained at least approximately 60% paid membership revenue by September 15th and
  • the provincial reopening restrictions are at or better than the current conditions.

Members must pay their fees by September 15th. If you have yet to pay, please click HERE to make your payment by Credit Card. You can also use this link to change your membership type to a Pandemic Membership.

Payment by this date is important as it will dictate whether or not the Club can proceed with turning the ice plant on, which needs to happen a minimum 3 weeks before the first day of curling. If the Club doesn't achieve the 60% threshold by that date, the Board of Directors will postpone starting the ice plant and determine a subsequent date in which the Club could reopen.

Paid fees will be subject to the Club's Refund Policy. After October 1st, members will be eligible for a refund of half of their fees (not including the building levy and new member fees, where applicable). Members who are interested in sitting out the first half of the season may renew their membership in January 2021 for 50% of the league fees (OCA fees, building levy & new membership fees, where applicable, will all be charged in full), pending space is available in leagues. A complete breakdown of Weekday and Anytime fees and refunds is below for your information.

We appreciate that not everyone can make the commitment to curl under the current rules and guidelines. We understand that the decision to renew your membership is a difficult one and we want you to be as comfortable as possible with the guidelines put in place before you join. If you have any questions or comments about the Return to Play Guidelines or any of the Club's COVID-19 related policies, please reach out to the Club office or the Board of Directors.


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Today (September 15) is the last day to let us know if you'll be returning to the club for fall curling. To indicate that you are returning you must pay your membership fees.

If you have already paid, or if you have already notifiied the club that you will not be returning, you may disregard this email.

If you have yet to pay, please click HERE to make your payment by Credit Card. You can also use this link to choose a Pandemic Membership.

Payment by this 15th is important as it will dictate whether or not the Club can proceed with turning the ice plant on, which needs to happen a minimum 3 weeks before the first day of curling. If the Club doesn't achieve the 60% revenue threshold by that date, the Board of Directors will postpone starting the ice plant and determine a subsequent date in which the Club could reopen.

Every membership (Anytime, Weekday, Pandemic, Social, Youth, etc) counts towards our minimum threshold. If you are able, please support the club by submitting your payment.

Paid fees will be subject to the Club's Refund Policy. After October 1st, members will be eligible for a refund of half of their fees (not including the building levy and new member fees, where applicable). Members who are interested in sitting out the first half of the season may renew their membership in January 2021 for 50% of the league fees (OCA fees, building levy & new membership fees, where applicable, will all be charged in full), pending space is available in leagues. A complete breakdown of Weekday and Anytime fees and refunds is below for your information.

We appreciate that not everyone can make the commitment to curl under the current rules and guidelines. We understand that the decision to renew your membership is a difficult one and we want you to be as comfortable as possible with the guidelines put in place before you join. If you have any questions or comments about the Return to Play Guidelines or any of the Club's COVID-19 related policies, please reach out to the Club office or the Board of Directors.


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The Club's General Manager, Chris Wai, will be hosting a webinar about the Club's Return to Play Guidelines on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30pm. The webinar will address such issues as the COVID-19 Leave of Absence Policy, new rules of the game and traffic flow through the Club. A large portion of the webinar will be set aside for member questions.

Please pre-register for the webinar by using the link below.

When: Sep 9, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Return to Play Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jABqBLyeTMygqMOE6jFPQw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you would like any specific topics addressed in the webinar, please send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to speaking with you on Wednesday!


We appreciate your patience as the Club develops plans for the upcoming season. As more information becomes available and the state of the Club's reopening becomes more clear, decisions about curling are being made and Return-to-Play Guidelines are being fine-tuned.

The Board of Directors has given the go-ahead to open the Club for Tuesday, October 13th provided the following conditions are met:

  • the Club has retained at least approximately 60% membership revenue by September 15th and
  • the provincial reopening restrictions are at or better than the current conditions.

Members must pay their fees by September 15th. Payment by this date is important as it will dictate whether or not the Club can proceed with turning the ice plant on, which needs to happen a minimum 3 weeks before the first day of curling. If the Club doesn't achieve the 60% threshold by that date, the Board of Directors will postpone starting the ice plant and determine a subsequent date in which the Club could reopen.

Paid fees will be subject to the Club's Refund Policy. After October 1st, members will only be eligible for a refund of half of their fees (not including OCA fees, building levy, prize levy and new member fees, where applicable). Members who are interested in sitting out the first half of the season may renew their membership for January 2021 for 50% of the league fees (OCA fees, building levy, prize levy & new membership fees, where applicable, will all be charged in full), pending space is available in leagues.

Due to the costs involved in preparing for the curling season and reopening the Club, in the event of complete Club closure prior to January 1st, no refunds will be issued for the first half of the season.

Members who do not wish to curl this season, but wish to retain their league spot into the 2021/2022 season and voting rights at the 2021 Annual General Meeting may pay for an interim Pandemic Membership. Pandemic Memberships are $200 plus HST, plus the $75 Building Levy, where applicable, and are available to Anytime, Weekday and Intermediate members who played in the 2019/2020 season. Pandemic Members will have access to practice ice and Club events, but will not have the ability to spare. If a Pandemic Member wishes to renew their full membership, the value of the Pandemic Membership will be applied to their renewal fees.

Click here for the complete Leave of Absence Policy. Members who are interested in a Pandemic Membership can now login to their profile and update their membership type online.

The 1st iteration of the Club's Return-to-Play Guidelines are now available to view and download. Please read through them carefully before making a decision to return for the season. If you have any questions about the Guidelines, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

While every effort is being made to ensure a safe return to play, ultimately the decision is up to each member to make an informed decision. Curling isn’t an essential activity – it’s optional. The Oakville Curling Club cannot guarantee, despite all of our efforts and desire to keep everyone safe, that COVID-19 won’t somehow enter the club and be transmitted there. We encourage members to think carefully about the risk associated with curling before they commit to the season. Each member is responsible to assess their own risk and comfort level with curling and socializing at the Club. We have included options for those who do not feel comfortable playing but wish to remain part of the Oakville curling community, such as an Associate Membership, a Social Membership, or a Pandemic Membership.

We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Please see below for some frequently asked questions about this season. If you'd like to see any other questions anwered, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note, the Board of Directors reserves the right to modify rules or deadlines based on government or public health guidelines and restrictions.


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