Rowan’s Law Regulation – Update and Regulatory Registry Consultation Document
On March 27, 2019, the government publicly posted a consultation paper on the Ontario Regulatory Registry to seek feedback from the public on the draft regulation for Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety). The draft regulation is intended to provide details and clarity about the requirements in Rowan’s Law, which is administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The deadline to provide feedback through the public consultation paper is April 18, 2019.
Members of the public are invited to provide comments through the public feedback form.
On March 7, 2018, Ontario enacted Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, as well as amendments to the Education Act. The intent of Rowan’s Law is to protect amateur athletes, including students, by improving concussion safety on the field and at school. Rowan’s Law establishes mandatory requirements for sport organizations. These include:
- The annual review of concussion awareness resources by athletes, coaches, and parents/guardians of athletes under 18 years of age;
- The 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 or have sustained a concussion and to implement the return of an athlete to sport; and
- The establishment of concussion codes of conduct that will set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.
Amendments to the Education Act give the Minister of Education authority to require school boards to comply with policies and guidelines, consistent with Rowan’s Law, about concussions involving students. The Ministry of Education already has a policy (P/PM 158: School Board Policies on Concussion) that is largely consistent with Rowan’s Law, and expects all school boards to have a concussion policy in place. As a result of the amendments to the Education Act, the Ministry of Education intends to update P/PM 158 to ensure consistency with the requirements in Rowan’s Law, and re-issue the updated P/PM as a mandatory policy for all school boards.