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Ontario Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation to Protect Amateur Athletes


Province Becomes a National Leader in Concussion Management and Prevention

Ontario passed ground-breaking concussion safety legislation today to protect amateur athletes and make sport safer on the field and at school. 

Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2017 makes Ontario a national leader in concussion management and prevention by establishing mandatory requirements that call for:

  • Annual review of concussion awareness resources that prevents, identifies and manages concussions that coaches and educators 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, giving them the time needed to heal properly
  • A concussion code of conduct that would set out rules of behaviour to minimize concussions while playing sport.

In honour of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted from sustaining multiple concussions, the proposed legislation also establishes the last Wednesday in September as "Rowan's Law Day".

Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to pass concussion safety legislation, setting a precedent for sport legislation across the country. The province worked closely with key medical experts, researchers and sport leaders -- most notably the members of the Rowan's Law Advisory Committee -- in establishing this first-of-its-kind legislation.

Making amateur sport safer is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


  • The legislation is part of the government’s response to the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee report for the prevention and management of concussions in amateur sport released in September 2017. Chaired by Dr. Dan Cass, the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee was established to review the coroner’s inquest recommendations made following the death of Rowan Stringer.
  • In Ontario, 22 per cent of students reported being knocked out or admitted to hospital due to a head injury in their lifetime. In Canada, among children and youth who visit an emergency department for a sports-related head injury, 39 per cent were diagnosed with concussions, while a further 24 per cent were possible concussions.
  • Ontario’s current work to increase awareness about concussions includes a web portal with information and resources on concussions, and a Sport Recognition Policy that requires all recognized provincial and multi-sport organizations to have policies on concussion management and return-to-play.
  • In 2014, the Ministry of Education issued a policy/program memorandum requiring all school boards to develop and maintain a policy on concussions.


Source: Government of Ontario

Help inform the first-ever Youth Policy for Canada at the 2018 Sandbox Summit!

Under 30?  Join us!

Youth across Canada are gathering to discuss topics that are important to them and to share valuable advice with the Government of Canada. The purpose of these conversations is to gather feedback directly from youth that will help to shape and influence the development of a youth policy for Canada.

The Young Canadians Roundtable on Health (YCRH) will host a Youth Policy conversation at the 2018 Sandbox Summit to specifically address the physical and mental health and wellbeing of young Canadians.

YCRH Youth Policy discussion at the 2018 Sandbox Summit
Thursday, April 12th
TELUS House (25 York Street), Toronto
Learn More about the 2018 Sandbox Summit

Note: As this roundtable will be a part of the 2018 Sandbox Summit, young people aged 15-30 are invited to attend this discussion free of charge. To waive your registration fee, please email us.

What is a Youth Policy?

A youth policy is a commitment to create a vision for youth – by youth, which can guide the priorities and actions of governments and society and ensure that youth voices are heard and respected.

The Government of Canada wants to make this commitment and create a Youth Policy that will be a tool to help achieve goals that are important to youth and that will have a meaningful, long-lasting impact for all young Canadians.

They are seeking input from young Canadians to...

  • identify issues important to youth and solutions to improve the lives of young Canadians;
  • examine the supports that enable all youth, regardless of their background, to be Canada’s leaders; and
  • understand how youth want their voices to be heard and how youth want to influence the Government of Canada’s actions and decisions.

For more information about the Youth Policy for Canada and to learn about other ways you can get involved, visit