The league’s board of governors voted unanimously in favor of an amended collective agreement and began the campaign from Aug.21 to Aug.5. The CFL did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league said it will release a 2021 schedule on Tuesday. Board approval means training camp will begin on July 10.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are to the healthcare and frontline workers who have done so much to keep Canada running,” CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “We at the CFL want to thank everyone who has chosen to be vaccinated, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated a first time, or a second, when it is their turn.
“Public health officials in every province continue to tell us that as long as the vaccination rate continues to rise and the number of COVID-19 cases is contained or reduced, more life will return to normal, including full ones. capacities of our stadiums.
The league unveiled plans in November for a full 18-game season that was due to start in June, but then pushed the start back to August and reduced the number of games to 14.
“We are now in the best possible position to play football in 2021,” the CFLPA said in a statement. “We are pleased that the CFL Board of Governors did the right thing by voting for a fair and good deal that allows games to be played, with strict safety standards for players, starting on the 5th August.
“ACLFL members look forward to getting back into the game and the communities they proudly represent. We will continue to closely monitor decisions made by different levels of government to understand how we can adhere to pandemic safety protocols and get players back to work. “
The Gray Cup game has also been postponed from Nov. 21 to Dec. 12 in Hamilton.