We've seen how strong you can be, now we need your help.

If you are one of the millions in our community who have trained with us, practiced with us, or sought our help please add your name here and show your support. We hope to weather this crisis together.

Our coalition has created a letter to various levels of government outlining our needs in this crisis. Businesses and practitioners across the industry are signing on to our formal letter.

We aren’t asking you to sign the formal letter, but simply to show your support for our industry by adding your name here. Adding your name in support, makes our voice even stronger.

Please add your name and feel free to let us know why you are supporting health and wellness practitioners.

As a member of our community, you would be the first to know that our businesses have been required to shut down in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 with no option of working from home. Many of us have been working hard to find solutions to keep you fit and healthy during your self-isolation with Zoom workouts and messages of encouragement. But this alone can't keep us afloat, and we are suffering under the weight of our rents.

The health and wellness industry plays a significant role in improving the physical and mental health of Canadian residences, employs thousands of workers, and represents a significant economic and social infrastructure; however, to date there has been no indication from government entities of plans for bailouts or additional support for business owners, operators and our workers.

The mental health and social benefits provided by health and wellness types of businesses cannot be understated, and the loss of businesses and healthcare workers that offer an outlet for people and a ‘home-away-from-home’ would have a devastating ripple effect across multiple other sectors.We play a crucial piece in the fight against COVID-19. At a time where Canadian’s mental health is so fragile, our industry’s work will help provide relief to the already heavily burdened healthcare workers. 

Supporting Canadians to fight anxiety, depression and help them to recover from this traumatic time will in return increase workforce productivity and lower healthcare costs. When we beat this pandemic, we want to be there for you. But we need help.

"The impact of COVID 19 has been far-reaching. In addition to the business, our trainers (staff) and members (customers) have all been uprooted.”
—Greg Hetherington, Founder of Fuel

 

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    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 07:13:15 -0400
    Tanya D’Amore
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-11 06:04:06 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 04:01:16 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 03:55:50 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 01:45:54 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 01:38:11 -0400
    They’re essential to our population’s health and fitness
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 01:33:47 -0400
    The gym is a church for many of us. Gyms have closed again, yet church remains open. It is a safe haven to maintain and restore health. The gym has saved lives. It is not just a facility for physical well-being but, one for mental health too. Suicides, drug overdoses unnecessary deaths far exceed those of covid. It should not even be a question. Gyms are essential. Closing gyms is an overreach of political power dictated by a fear driven public influenced by the media not science. This decision to close gyms is unjust. A strong and healthy immune system stems from proper nutrition and physical fitness. This should be encouraged at all costs. Courage is contagious. With 206 total hospitalizations in Ontario, you felt this warranted the destruction of any remaining small business gym facilities and others alike. What is the end game here?
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-11 00:45:36 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 23:57:35 -0400
    Physical and mental wellbeing are integral to a healthy lifestyle. Shutting down businesses that have such a massive positive impact on their patrons and communities is incredibly damaging and we need to support them, especially now!
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 23:56:25 -0400
    Because it is essential!
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 22:39:04 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 22:39:02 -0400
    Because the gym has saved my life and I cannot live a single day without it anymore
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 22:31:10 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 22:21:27 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 22:13:25 -0400
    Because a healthy body mind and soul is what will keep people moving in the right direction during the pandemic. Shutting down facilities that increase endorphins, help a body get stronger (gym and trainers) would be a sin. We need our health now more than ever.
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 22:02:46 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 21:28:06 -0400
    I am a strong believer that exercise keeps stress levels down and can help people during these difficult times. I love my gym and would hate for my gym community to suffer mentally and physically. Please keep gyms open!
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 21:22:52 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 21:22:04 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 20:49:30 -0400
    Many small “gyms” are better describes as wellness facilities, offering meal plans, helping to build up mental health, and are more one on one consultation then a larger type gym or facility. They truly are an essential service. Why not just limit it to 5 or 10 people in these facilities instead of shutting the smaller ones altogether?
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 20:45:26 -0400
    It is essential to my physical and mental well being and that of members in my community. Our gym owners have gone above and beyond to create safe environments for us and do not deserve to be punished!
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 20:19:44 -0400
    Supporting my girlfriend and her Gym
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 19:55:43 -0400
    I suffer from depression and anxiety. Being able to train with my personal trainer is my lifeline. My mental state is tested daily in this covid time. I need stability and workouts are what are keeping me sane.
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 19:47:03 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 19:46:42 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 19:13:39 -0400
    it’s an essential service…for physical and mental health and also to support small businesses
    signed Support your health and wellness providers via 2020-10-10 18:52:18 -0400
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 18:44:14 -0400
    I have seen with my own eyes the level of dedication in following Covid prevention protocol within the Health and Wellness industry. OTC has gone above and beyond in monitoring Mandatory mask wearing ,keeping the facility cleaned and sanitized as well as providing physical distancing for each athlete to work in. The environment is spacious with high ceilings. It’s crucial for the physical and mental well being of so many to have such a SAFE place to exercise in. The health and wellness industry is exactly what it stands for THE HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF US ALL !!! Why would you take that away ? We need to be healthy and strong to fight all that comes our way as we struggle through these uncertain times of Covid.
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 18:10:27 -0400
    It is essential for people’s health and mental well being
    signed Support your health and wellness providers 2020-10-10 17:34:19 -0400
    Exercise, nutrition & wellness are the best way to build and sustain a strong Immune system. The sickness that will result from suppressed immunity (staying secluded and reducing exposure and activity) will result in far greater sickness and Mental Health Problems.