Residency Eligibility

Curling Canada’s residency eligibility rules for the Brier and Tournament of Hearts – including the provincial / territorial playdown process leading up to those national championships – have been updated to include birthright status. This revision will be effective immediately for the 2019-20 curling season.

Residency Eligibility Rules

Birthright Status

Birthright status will be implemented nationwide as of the 2019-20 curling season and in effect at the Brier, Tournament of Hearts and all provincial / territorial playdown events leading up to the national men’s and women’s championships.

Curling Canada has updated its residency rules to include birthright status. Athletes who have moved away from their province / territory of birth are now eligible to represent that province / territory as a bona fide resident. This means any teams can consist of one free agent and the remaining players may be bona fide residents or have birthright status. All four players can have birthright status.

This decision, made by Curling Canada operations staff after discussion with the Board of Governors and Member Association presidents, modernizes the residency rules by further aligning curling with best practices of other National Sport Organizations and helps Canadian teams remain in contention for the podium at international events.

This small adjustment to the residency rules provides athletes with more flexibility in their personal and professional lives, while also continuing to chase their athletic goals. For example, an athlete can move away from their birth province / territory for an employment opportunity or personal reasons and still dream of representing the province / territory where they were born. This scenario is especially true of young adults who move away from home for post-secondary education and build new lives after graduation but still remain connected to the province / territory they were born.

Member Associations spend a lot of time, money and resources to develop youth athletes. The update to the rules means those young curlers can pursue men’s and women’s championships in the region they were born, even if they move away. This provides more value for an Member Association’s youth development program.

To read more about this update from Curling Canada, click here.

Birthright FAQs

Have a question or comment? Please contact your Member Association or email Curling Canada at [email protected].