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Transfer Policy & Meeting Dates

The OFSAA Transfer Policy is an important component of our efforts to create a level playing field for all student-athletes in the high schools of the province.

Transfer Policy as of September 2023

Transfer Appeal Form as of September 2023

Transfer Appeal Meeting Dates for 2023-24

Meeting Date Deadline for Applications
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023 Monday, Sept. 25, 2023
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023 Monday, Nov. 27, 2023
Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024
Thursday, Apr. 11, 2024 Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2024

Students are encouraged to file their transfer appeals early in the school year even if they play a winter or spring sport. This will ensure that deadlines are not missed and that eligibility status is determined well in advance of the season.

*An “application” to appeal an Association decision requires a phone call or email to Beth Hubbard ([email protected], (416) 426-7439) giving the name of the student and the school name as well as the name of the principal of the school.**  The phone call can be made by the student, coach, parent or other individual. Instructions outlining what information the student must provide prior to the meeting will be shared.  A letter will then be sent to the student, c/o the principal or school athletic lead, providing the date, and time of the virtual appeal hearing.

**Appeals to OFSAA can only be accepted if a student has been denied eligibility at the Association level.

A Brief History of The OFSAA Transfer Policy

  • The policy was adopted in 1986.
  • Originally developed out of a concern that players were congregating at certain schools for sports.
  • The transfer policy was established to provide fair and equitable competition.
  • Through the years the policy has been reviewed and changes have been made to reflect concerns by member Associations.
  • Students who lived in the school area and went to their home school were being displaced by out-of-area student-athletes, especially at the senior level.
  • The development of “powerhouses” was affecting local leagues and creating very uneven playing fields.
  • The transfer of student-athletes out of a school often weakened a program sufficiently thus causing it to fold.
  • Student-athletes moved to get a higher profile in sport in an effort to obtain American scholarships.
  • The role of school sport is to provide fair competition with an emphasis on participation and sportsmanship, not the development of elite athletes or profile athletes for scholarship purposes.
  • Often looked upon as a “metropolitan/urban” problem; it became evident that it affects all areas of the province.