Dear Students, Teachers, and Administrators,
We regret to inform you that the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 HOSA Canada Spring Leadership Conference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, Ontario’s chief medical officer recommended the immediate suspension of all gatherings over 250 people. In the face of this national health crisis, it would be dangerous and irresponsible for us to organize a gathering of over 7,000 students. To put this into context, other large events are being cancelled including DECA ICDC, major sporting events, and various other medical association conferences.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak, we are unable to reschedule the conference. At this time, we are trying to recover various costs from our suppliers, and we will do our utmost to refund as much as possible. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for us to provide a full refund for conference fees as medical supplies and other event equipment had been ordered and shipped in advance. More information on refunds will be made available in the coming weeks as we finalize arrangements with our suppliers. If your school has sent advance payment for hotel rooms, it will be returned in full.
We are confident that as future health professionals, HOSA students will do all they can to protect themselves and others in the coming months. We wish the best for your health and safety.
The HOSA Canada team
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