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Sep 14 2009 Bill 30, Protection of Minors in Amateur Sports Act, 2007
Ontario Sailing wants to make our clubs, schools, camps and afflitiate members aware of a bill that has been brought forward in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Explanatory Note of the bill is below as well as a link to see the full bill.
Bill 30, Protection of Minors in Amateur Sports Act, 2007
We want to draw attention to this bill because, if it is passed, our members may need to make sure that all Race Officers, Judges, and other Volunteers as well as hired Coaches/Instructors, etc. who work with children under the age of 18 have had a criminal check done and given to the club.
Extracted from the Bill as introduced.
The Bill enacts the Protection of Minors in Amateur Sports Act, 2007 with respect to amateur sports programs in which persons under 18 years of age may participate. An organizer of such a program is required to obtain a copy of the criminal record from a police force for every person who acts in a position in the program that involves dealing with persons under 18 years of age on a regular basis, whether or not the position is for remuneration. If the police force is legally prohibited from releasing a copy of a criminal record, the organizer is required instead to obtain a written response to that effect. The organizer must obtain the copy of the criminal record or the written response, as the case may be, no earlier than four years before the day on which the program begins and no later than 90 days after the day on which the program begins.
The positions affected include the positions of referee, other official, trainer or coach. A person is not allowed to hold any of those positions without consenting to have a police force release a copy of his or her criminal record to the organizer.
The Minister responsible for the administration of the Act can appoint investigators to enter and inspect any premises without a warrant if the investigator has reasonable grounds to believe that an organizer of an amateur sports program is using it to run the program or to store a copy of the criminal record of a person acting in an affected position in respect of the program.
It is an offence to contravene the requirements that the Act imposes on organizers and affected persons.