The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) has been in existence since 1989 and is the largest Branch of Hockey Canada. Hockey Canada is the national governing body for amateur hockey in Canada and is made up of thirteen provincial and regional Branches. The OHF is one of three Branches operating in the Province of Ontario. The other two Branches are Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) and the Ottawa District Hockey Association (ODHA).
The OHF operates within a structure that is comprised of seven Member Partners: Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (ALLIANCE), Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA), Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), and Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA). Each operates specific programs to their area or jurisdiction, following Hockey Canada and OHF Regulations, Rules and Policies.
The OHF is a member of the Hockey Development Centre for Ontario (HDCO) which was established to respond to the safety, education and development needs of amateur hockey in Ontario.
In 2011-12, Hockey Canada represented 617,107 registered players. Of those players, 228,251 were registered in the OHF. In addition to the playing membership, the OHF also involves in excess of 33,500 coaches and 7,300 Officials.
The main objectives of the OHF are: to foster, promote, encourage the sport of amateur hockey; provide opportunities for all players to play the sport; promote the orderly development of all categories, and to coordinate and conduct competitions for Branch, Regional and National Championships.
The strategic plan of the OHF is to provide administrative resources, coordinate programs, services and events for hockey participants and the membership at large.
On an annual basis the OHF will coordinate approximately fifteen Branch, Regional and National Championship events. While rewarding dedication and hard work through the Bursary Program and Awards Program.
The OHF provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.