On September 26th, 2018, Ontario commemorated the first annual Rowan’s Law Day, proclaimed under Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018 (“Rowan’s Law”). The Rowan's Law Advisory Committee was created in the name of Rowan Stringer, a 17-year-old high school student who died as a result of concussions she suffered playing rugby. The goal of Rowan's Law is to increase awareness and minimize the risk of concussion, and to change conversations on the field, at school, in communities and in homes to create a world class amateur sport system in which athletes and Ontarians can participate safely
The next step of Rowan’s Law is to seek feedback on the draft regulation to support implementation of the legislation.
Your feedback is encouraged on the proposed draft regulation through the consultation paper on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry. Please note that feedback will be accepted until April 18, 2019.
To support implementation, the Ontario government is working on developing evidence-based and accessible concussion awareness resources, a sample code of conduct template as well as removal-from-sport/return-to-sport protocol templates. These resources will be made available for adaptation by sport organizations and other sector partners prior to the legislation and regulation coming into effect.
Rowan’s Law will result in increased concussion safety in amateur competitive sport, so that amateur athletes can have fun and be safe.
For additional information, please visit the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport website.