Introduction

The Ontario government is seeking feedback through a consultation draft, on the proposed draft regulation under Rowan’s Law. The proposed draft regulation is intended to provide details and provide clarity about the requirements set out in the legislation. The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback from stakeholders to help inform PRO's submission.

Rowan's Law includes an annual concussion awareness day (Rowan’s Law Day), and establishes mandatory requirements for amateur competitive sport organizations to ensure:
  • Annual review of concussion awareness resources by athletes, coaches, and parents/guardians of athletes under 18 years of age;
  • Establishment of removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, so that athletes are immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion; and
  • Establishment of concussion codes of conduct that will set out rules of behavior to minimize concussions while playing sport.
There are several sections in the draft regulation that clarify the scope of sport organizations that would be required to comply with the Act based on the type of amateur competitive sports and activities the organization delivers, as well as ages of athletes registered. This means that a sport organization under the Act could include for-profit or not-for-profit entities, municipalities, Universities, Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology or other Post-Secondary Institutions if they meet the specific criteria outlined in the regulation.

Here are links to the relevant documents:
Plain language information about the regulations
Full regulation
Rowan's Law

Thank you for taking time to contribute to PRO's advocacy efforts.

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