CFL Players’ Association sees progress in confirming return to play protocols provincially

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The CFL Players’ Association has updated its membership on the potential for returning to play this year.

The union sent a memo to all athletes in the evening on Friday, April 16. It came from CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian.


We continue to be in conversations with the CFL on returning to the field in 2021. Throughout this week, the League has provided no further updates to the starting point of a potential 2021 season. Obstacles remain, but we are seeing progress in confirming the return to play protocols provincially, and those discussions continue with the government at the Provincial and Federal levels.

As your elected representatives, we understand the stress this uncertainty is causing for you and your families. We continue to press the League on the issues that are important to you. Our communication lines remain open, and we encourage you to contact your player reps and executive if you have any questions or comments.

Our CFLPA Academy and Association continue to grow, and we encourage you to take advantage of the resources available. Again, we advise you not to risk the employment you now have and not make any changes that would affect your current income stream. When the League decides and notifies us that they are prepared to go ahead with a season, we will inform you immediately.

As always, we will keep you informed of any developments.


The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football this year. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada.

Ontario sport minister Lisa MacLeod was honest on Thursday, April 15, why her provincial government has yet to provide the green light for the CFL to return to play in the province. MacLeod has been in constant contact with three-down league officials regarding the potential for a season this year.

The CFL unveiled its 2021 schedule last November with the pre-season scheduled to begin on Sunday, May 23, while the regular season is slated to get underway on Thursday, June 10, and the Grey Cup in Hamilton on Sunday, November 21.

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie has promised plenty of football during the current year, but there has been no commitment as to when the league might kick-off, which has created unprecedented uncertainty for the players. Hence the encouragement by Elimimian for the players to maintain their current jobs outside of football.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.