IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympics Ontario has closed the provincial office to all visitors and suspended all local sport programs, competitions, fundraisers and any related activities unless approved to resume. Please contact your local community council for more information on programming.

Please contact covid19@specialolympicsontario.com or 1-888-333-5515 ext. 311 for any questions or concerns you may have about our COVID protocol and policies.

COVID-19 Updates
Please click here for information and updates on Special Olympics Ontario's COVID-19 response.



 Greater Toronto Area District Site 

Special Olympics Ontario (SOO) is a community-based organization. Its primary instrument of program delivery is through community sports clubs, which are operated by a team of dedicated volunteers and coaches. These programs give athletes an opportunity to train twelve months of the year in order to compete and test their skills against athletes from around the country.

Special Olympics Ontario, at all levels of the organization, strives to involve families and care providers of Special Olympics athletes to participate and share in the joy of our programs. Special Olympics can provide family members with a sense of pride in their athlete, a sense of accomplishment through sports and the hope of an exciting and bright future for the individual as an athlete.

Special Olympics promotes opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and develop skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

Over the past 40 years Special Olympics has grown from a modest program serving local athletes to become the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for people with intellectual disabilities through sports.


Mission Statement

"Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport."



 GTA District 

Special Olympics provides quality sport training programs and competitions for athletes living with an intellectual disability in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The GTA district includes the following Community Councils

Toronto
Caledon
Mississauga
Brampton
Greater Durham (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Uxbridge, Oshawa)
Aurora
Newmarket & Area (Newmarket, Keswick, Georgina)
Vaughan
York South (Richmond Hill, Markham, Whitchurch-Stouffville)

If you're an athlete, a coach, or a volunteer, or thinking of becoming one please visit our provincial website to apply:  www.specialolympicsontario.com 


IMPORTANT POLICY UPDATES

Please note that after an extensive review of all of our provincial sport policies and in consultation with our stakeholders and volunteers, Special Olympics Ontario has updated a number of current policies and created new policies put in place as of February 23rd, 2018. There were a number of factors that went into the consideration of these new changes to our policies. To view these factors and for more information regarding the updates and new policies, please read the attached Memo.

New Polices include the following:
• 13.2.4 - Use of a Service Dog
• 13.3.29 - Two Year Eligibility Cycle
• 13.3.30 - Forfeit Policy
• 13.3.31 - High Performance Quotas for Provincial Games
Updated policies include the following:
• 13.3.14 - Athlete Selection Criteria for Advancement to Provincial Games Individual
• 13.3.15 - Athlete Eligibility for Provincial Games
• 13.3.18 - Team Eligibility for Participation at Provincial Games
• 13.3.20 - Athlete Selection for Advancement to National Games Individual

All new and updated policies can be found on Special Olympics Ontario’s Information Portal.




Contacts

GTA District Developer:
Michael Chung: michaelc@specialolympicsontario.com - 416-447-8326 ext 256