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Assist Fund

Hockey Canada Foundation is now accpeting applications for its Assist Fund. Check out details at the link below.

Hockey Canada Memo

Hockey Canada has release a memo with info on the National Equity Fund. Please read below.

Action Plan

Hockey Canada has released a comprehensive Action Plan to address systemic issues in hockey and ensure greater safety and inclusiveness in and around Canada’s game.

HEO Award Winners

Congrats to all our HEO Award Winners.

View the entire list of winners at the link below.

Hockey Canada Statement

Latest statement from Hockey Canada. Click link below to read the statement.

Open Letter to Canadians

Please read this open letter to Canadians from Hockey Canada.

First Shift is Back

Follow the link below to read more about hosting and registering for a First Shift program in your Minor Hockey Association.

Officiating Awards

Congrats to all the HEO Officials that won the following awards.

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Officiating Mandate

The Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) officiating program is a member partner of the Hockey Canada Officiating Program (HCOP). The two major objectives of Hockey Canada are to:

  • Foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey throughout Canada
  • Foster and encourage leadership programs in all areas related to the development of hockey in Canada

The HEO Officiating Program meets these objectives to promote safe, fair and fun hockey at all age and skill levels. The HEO Officiating Program operates several development programs, such as our certification clinics, a supervision program, a mentorship program, and other special events in order to meet these goals.


Officiating Structure

Ultimately, all levels of amateur hockey in Eastern Ontario fall under the jurisdiction of HEO, the local branch of Hockey Canada. HEO then delegates most of the responsibility for minor hockey programs to the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association (HEO Minor). HEO and HEO Minor have separate officiating programs, but work together to provide development opportunities for officials at all levels.

The HEO Officiating Program falls under the responsibility of the Branch elected Referee-In-Chief (VP of Rules and Officials) and is responsible for officiating at the following levels:

  • Junior A,B,C hockey
  • Senior hockey (though there are currently no franchises at this level)
  • CIS (University)
  • Inter-branch tournaments and assignments

The HEO Minor Officiating Program falls under the responsibility of the appointed HEO Minor Referee-In-Chief and is responsible for officiating at the following levels:

  • Competitive Minor hockey (including AAA, AA, A and B)
  • House League hockey (all levels)

The HEO Minor is divided into several smaller geographical districts. Each district has a Referee-In-Chief (RIC), who administers the officiating program in that area. Most districts are then further divided into associations, each with its own RIC. An HEO Minor Referee-in-Chief is appointed annually to act as a liaison between the HEO Minor, the different leagues, HEO, Hockey Canada, and the district RIC’s. An HEO Referee-In-Chief is elected every second year and is expected to oversee the officiating program across the entire branch.


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