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GTHL details Participant Fee and Player Registration Fee for 2023-2024 season

The Greater Toronto Hockey League announced today the Player Registration Fee and Participant Fee for the 2023-2024 season. 

2023-2024 PER PARTICIPANT FEE 

The overall per Participant Fee is applied to all participants (Team Officials, Players, On-Ice Officials, and On-Ice Volunteers) and will increase from $37.41 to $48.59. The increase includes the rise of Hockey Canada Insurance Premiums from $22.46 to $28.94. Hockey Canada will also resume collecting the $3.00 Assessment Fee in the 2023-24 season – a fee that had not been collected the last two years. The Ontario Hockey Federation’s collection of a $6.45 Assessment will remain unchanged and is included in the $48.89 fee.  

The GTHL is increasing its Participant Assessment Fee from $8.50 to $10.50. The $2.00 increase will be used to fund Player Experience and Safe Sport initiatives, such as education, complaint intake, investigation, and adjudication. This fee is also included in the total Participant Fee of $48.59.  

CHART 1: PER PARTICIPANT FEE – Applied to All Participants (Team Officials [coaches, managers, trainers, etc.], On-Ice Officials [referees], and Players from House League, Select, ‘A,’ ‘AA,’ ‘AAA’)  

Participant Fee: $48.59 – $10.50 is retained by the GTHL  

23-24 Per Participant Fee - Chart 1

CHART 2: BREAKDOWN OF WHERE THE $48.59 PARTICIPANT FEE GOES  

23-24 Breakdown of Participant Fee - Chart 2

CHART 3: HOW HOCKEY CANADA USES THE INSURANCE FEES

23-24 HC Insurance Fee Breakdown - Chart 3

2023-2024 PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE – ‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’ Players Only 

All age categories for ‘A’ and ‘AA,’ and Under-10, U11, U12, and U14 ‘AAA’ levels will feature a 33-game schedule for $895. All ‘A’ and ‘AA’ categories will play an additional game on the 2023-2024 schedule, from last season’s 32 games.  

Under-13, U15, U16 and U18 ‘AAA’ levels will play a 36-game schedule for $995.  

The increase in the Player Registration Fee is a result of an anticipated decrease in sponsorship revenue and an increase in ice expenses.  

In 2023-2024, there will be no discounts for multi-player families.  

Each approved Team Official that is either a parent or a legal guardian of a rostered child on the same team will be eligible for a $100 rebate of the Player Registration Fee which will be provided back to the League through their respective club. The rebate is maximum one per family, with the lone exception being two parents from the same family as approved Team Officials on separate rosters, each with a child rostered.  

Rebates will be managed between the League Office and the Club. Team Officials must go directly to their Club for the rebate distribution.  

To provide additional information and transparency around how money is spent by the GTHL, the League has included a detailed overview.  

CHART 1: COMPETITIVE PLAYER FEES (‘A,’ ‘AA,’ ‘AAA’) PER SEASON – PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE  

How much money is collected by the GTHL directly from families and through each Team/Club:  

23-24 Revenue Budgeted Total - Chart 1

CHART 2: ANNUAL BUDGETED EXPENSES FOR COMPETITIVE (‘A,’ ‘AA,’ ‘AAA’) HOCKEY  

An outline of where the money is spent. Note: 90 per cent goes to the cost of ice.  

23-24 Annual Budgeted Expense - Chart 2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS   

Q: I thought the Hockey Canada Insurance/Assessment was only for participant insurance. What is Directors and Officers Liability Insurance?  

A: Hockey Canada Insurance covers Medical, Dental, Accidental Death and Dismemberment in addition to Operations Assessment, Administration, General Liability, and Directors and Officers Liability. This coverage is in place should a Director and/or Officer of Hockey Canada, The Ontario Hockey Federation, Greater Toronto Hockey League and/or the local minor hockey association be named in a action related to their role in the capacity with the organization.   

Q: What is administration?  

A: The Safety/Administration fee, paid into the National Equity Fund, is used to cover the Hockey Canada costs to administer this fund (I.e.: salaries, wellness programs, concussion research, criminal record checks, and donations to wellness organizations).   

Q: What is the Operations Assessment?   

A: The $3.00 Assessment/Registration fee is paid to the Operations Fund and is used to cover Development programs, National Championships, National Team expenses, and general overhead costs. Please note that this fee was not charged for the 2021-22 season and was reduced to $1.50 the previous year in 2020-21.   

Q: How much is the “Player Registration Fee”?   

A: The Player Registration Fee varies depending on the player and the number of games to be played.  

Q: What are “Safe Sport initiatives”?  

A: Safe Sport initiatives strive to make the game safe and welcoming for all participants. These initiatives include education programs, complaint intake, investigation, and adjudication. This fee is also included in the total Participant Fee of $48.59.  

Q: Does any of the “Player Registration Fee” go to Hockey Canada?   

A: No. The Player Registration Fee pays for operating ‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’ games, most of which is the cost of ice.   

Q: Does the GTHL pay funds directly to Hockey Canada? If yes, what are these funds?  

A: The GTHL does not pay funds directly to Hockey Canada, but the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) does and the GTHL is a member of the OHF. The GTHL collects a total of $48.59 per participant from the Player Registration Fee. The GTHL keeps a portion of the total ($10.50), with the remainder going to the OHF. A total of $28.94 per participant is paid to Hockey Canada from the OHF to cover Insurance and Assessment.   

Q: What is the difference between the “Player Registration Fee” and the “Team Fee”? 

A: The League collects fees in two different ways. Families pay a fee directly to the GTHL (known as the Player Registration Fee) to pay for the game ice used by players. The League also requires a fee for each competitive team to participate in the GTHL (known as the Team Entry Fee), which is collected by the Club. This is similar to what a Team Entry Fee would be to play in a tournament, for example. The GTHL Team Entry Fee is $2000 per team, which would equate to $125 per player on a team of 16 players.  

Q: Do all participants pay the same fees?  

A: All participants (house league players, competitive [‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’] players, coaches, officials, managers, and trainers) pay the Insurance and Assessment Fee ($48.59 per participant). Competitive (‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’) players pay the Insurance and Assessment Fee ($48.59 per participant) in addition to the Player Registration Fee (outlined above). The Player Registration Fee is paid directly to the GTHL, while the Insurance/Assessment Fee is collected by the organization the participant is registered with and paid to the GTHL. 

Q: For ‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’ players, does insurance get paid? How are any of the insurance fees collected and paid?   

A: All competitive (‘A,’ ‘AA,’ and ‘AAA’) players insurance is collected by their organization. The GTHL collects those fees from the Club and pays the OHF for the fees owing to the OHF and Hockey Canada. 

For more information, please contact: 
Stephanie Coratti 
Senior Manager, Communications and Marketing  
Greater Toronto Hockey League  
SCoratti@GTHLCanada.com  

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