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Health Updates

This webpage will be updated as the provincial health situation continues to develop. We encourage Canucks Autism Network (CAN) members, staff, volunteers and supporters to follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) and check their email for ongoing updates on our programs and events.

CAN Safety Plan

Latest Update: January 2021

As we look forward to welcoming participants back for winter programs in 2021, please note the following important changes to participant safety:

Physical Distancing

  • Participants and staff will be required to maintain a distance of 3 metres on the field of play, and 2 metres off the field of play


  • After the program has begun, there should be no additional participants, parents, or staff members entering or exiting the facility. The entire group should exit the facility together at the end of the program
  • In the case of emergency (e.g., parent must enter to provide critical support), CAN staff must notify the front desk of who has entered the building

Spitting/Water Bottles

  • There should be no spitting and no spraying of bottles during the program
  •  These actions will be strictly enforced by staff

Notification in the event of a positive case

  • CAN will contact the local public health authority to receive instructions for how to proceed
  • CAN will contact the facility in which the program occurred to inform them of the exposure

Safety Plan for In-Person Programs

We are gradually re-introducing in-person programs. Our safety protocols are detailed in full in our 11-page Safety Plan.

All parents, guardians and/or participants must read the full document and agree to the protocols before their enrollment is confirmed in any CAN program.

Safety Protocols for COVID-19: What to Expect

Safety Plan for Family Experiences

We are gradually re-introducing Family Experiences. Our safety protocols are detailed in full in our 8-page Safety Plan.


All families must read the full document and agree to the protocols before their enrollment is confirmed in any CAN Family Experience.

CAN Restart Plan

As expected, our upcoming year will look much different due to the safety, financial and logistical challenges created by COVID-19.

As we approach Phase 3 of the CAN Restart Plan in Fall 2020,

  • Up to 25% of in-person programs will be re-introduced each season
  • Programs being re-introduced will be dependent on:
    • Ongoing Health Orders: Will it be safe?
    • Facility Availability: Are community centres open and available?
    • Funding: Do we have the necessary financial support?
    • Staffing: Do we have the necessary personnel?
    • Physical Distancing: Programs requiring close physical contact (ie swim) will be put on hold until they can be safely reintroduced

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