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.
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.
Free Agent Rules
Definition: A Free Agent is defined as a member in good standing of any Member Association of Curling Canada competing as a non-resident player in the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier.
Free Agents are allowed to compete in the Tournament of Hearts and the Brier only (at any level of play). A maximum of one (1) Free Agent will be allowed per team, which includes any alternate player.