The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport very recently provided provincial sport organizations including Cross Country Ski Ontario information and resources related to the implementation of Rowan’s Law on July 1, 2019.   Rowan’s Law, the legislation and the regulation, is about concussion safety.  This has implications for clubs and sports offering programs to athletes under the age of 26. 

Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 makes it mandatory for sports organizations to:

  1. ensure that athletes under the age of 26 and parents of athletes under 18 confirm every year that they have reviewed Ontario’s concussion awareness resources beginning July 1, 2019
  2. establish a concussion code of conduct that sets out rules of behaviour to support concussion prevention
  3. establish a removal-from-sport and return-to-sport protocol by July 1, 2020

The new rules requiring the review of concussion awareness resources and concussion codes of conduct are now in place.

For clubs that have already opened program registration, people who sign up beginning July 1 must, either electronically or physically, sign a waiver indicating that they have reviewed the concussion resources.

The confirmation for Highlands Trailblazers will be included with the Zone 4 or Team Unify program registration.  There is no cost to this.

Please refer to the appropriate links below:

Please note:

  • the age limit of U26 doesn’t apply to post secondary institutions as athletes at this level can be older than 26. 
  • The Education Act will be amended as well. 
  • This is for people who are signing up July 1, 2019 and after.  

ALL registrations received after July 1, 2019 are required to sign the review of concussion resources and code of conduct.

Please review the following Code of Conduct:

Concussion Code of Conduct for Athletes and Parents/Guardians (for athletes under 18 year of age)