Consultation - Potential Regulations for Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018
Bill or Act:
Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018
Summary of Proposal:
On March 6, 2018, Ontario passed new legislation, Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, as well as amendments to the Education Act. This new legislation will protect amateur athletes by improving concussion safety on the field and at school. Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety) Act, 2018, establishes mandatory requirements for:
• Annual review of concussion awareness resources that athletes, coaches, educators and parents would be required to review before registering in a sport;
• Removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocols, to ensure that an athlete is immediately removed from sport if they are suspected of having sustained a concussion; and
• A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.
When Rowan's Law received Royal Assent on March 7, 2018, the one section that was proclaimed was an annual "Rowan's Law Day". That means that the first Rowan's Law Day will take place on September 28, 2018.
All of the other parts of the Act will come into effect after the government consults with the public and impacted stakeholders to determine the specific details of future regulations. The government is interested in seeking input from multiple sector partners and the general public through consultation to help inform the development of regulations to support the legislation.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek input from the public, as well as individuals and organizations in the Ontario sport, education, health and municipal sectors. This feedback will be used to inform the development of regulations, policies and guidelines that will determine specific aspects of implementation and the responsibilities of amateur competitive sport organizations and school boards.
The government will analyze the results of the consultation and then draft regulations based on feedback received. Once draft regulations have been developed, they will be posted on the government's Regulatory Registry for additional input. The government will ensure that sport organizations and school boards have sufficient time to assess any new organizational requirements, before the remaining components of the Act and any new regulations take effect. The remaining sections of the Act will only come into effect once they are proclaimed by the Lieutenant Governor.
We will be consulting with sport, education, post-secondary, community and recreation sectors to ensure a smooth and successful implementation of Rowan's Law.
Please follow the link below to direct you to questions in a consultation paper. Alternatively, you may also wish to print the paper and send your completed response to:
ATT: Rowan's Law Consultations
c/o Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
777 Bay Street, 18th Floor
Toronto Ontario, M7A 1S5
March 23, 2018
Comments Due Date:
May 7, 2018
777 Bay Street, 18th Floor, Toronto Ontario, M7A 1S5