Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) Update

JUNE 17TH, 2019 –– Please see below a letter from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport regarding Rowan’s Law. AOA will also be participating in upcoming webinars about the implementation of Rowan’s Law to take effect on July 1st, 2019.

AOA members can also find the ACA Concussion Protocol document online here.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Dear Sport Partner:

Our Government for the People is making it safer for competitive amateur athletes, children and youth to play sport, through the launch of a multimedia marketing campaign to build awareness about concussions. Knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and what to do if a concussion happens – whether you’re an athlete, a student, a parent, a coach, a team trainer, an official or an educator– saves lives.

As you know, Ontario is a world leader in concussion safety and was the first jurisdiction in

Canada to pass concussion safety legislation,  Rowan ’s  Law  ( Concussion  Safety),  2018.

We are committed to implementing Rowan’s Law by putting concussion safety information in the hands of people who need it most. Increasing awareness and changing conversations in sport,

at school and in our homes, will result in a transformative change to the way in which concussions are managed in amateur competitive sport and beyond.

The regulation under Rowan’s Law is now filed, and certain sections of both the law and regulation will be in effect on July 1, 2019. Webinars will be made available through the Ministry’s Sport, Recreation and Community Programs Division in the coming weeks, with an invitation about registration to be issued from them shortly. In addition, information about Rowan’s Law is currently available on the government’s new concussion website,

 Ontario.ca/ concussions.

With everyone’s help, including partners such as yourselves, we will work to implement Rowan’s Law to create a world-class amateur competitive sport system which empowers athletes to play safely, so they can play longer.

I encourage you to keep updated on our progress through Facebook and Twitter, and share your support to improve concussion safety by tweeting #HitStopSit and #RowansLaw.

 

Sincerely,

Michael Tibollo

Minister